The Man in the Iron Mask Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Aramis's room at Vaux?

2. How did the prisoner discover that the lady who visited him monthly during his childhood was the Queen?

3. How much money does the king win during his card game at Vaux?

4. What is the date of the fete at Vaux?

5. Why is the king angry at their slow progress to Vaux in Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the jailer hesitant to tell the governor that the prisoner, Louis XIV, has gone mad and has broken his chair?

2. What strange impression seizes both Raoul and Athos as they watch Aramis and Porthos depart in Chapter 26?

3. Why does Mademoiselle Montalais think that Raoul is partly to blame for Louise becoming the mistress to the king?

4. On what grounds does D'Artagnan beg Aramis to tell him the truth and the designs behind his projects in Chapter 14?

5. What do Raoul and Athos read upon a silver plate they find on Ste. Marguerite?

6. What possible reason does D'Artagnan suggest for the small size of the secret door leading into the late Madame du Vallon's chamber?

7. In Chapter 21, when D'Artagnan asks Aramis when he became intimate friends with the king, how does Aramis explain their familiarity?

8. When Porthos discovers that Aramis has been untruthful with him, what is his response?

9. Why does Louis refuse to forgive or pardon Aramis and Porthos even after Fouquet points out that they spared his life?

10. How does Athos defend Louise to Raoul in Chapter 25?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the strongest literary tools employed by Dumas in "The Man in the Iron Mask" is the use of irony. Give examples of where Dumas has employed verbal, situational or comic irony and discuss in detail how this use of irony has furthered the plot, developed characters or strengthened a theme.

Essay Topic 2

One recurrent theme in "The Man in the Iron Mask" is that of respect and reverence for authority figures such as Louis and Philippe. Using specific textual examples, compare and contrast at least two approaches or attitudes toward respect and reverence as demonstrated by specific characters. Discuss what if any overarching message Dumas is conveying about the importance or unimportance of respect and reverence.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of setting within "The Man in the Iron Mask." Make sure to discuss at least three different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of themes and characters.

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