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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. What does Philippe hope to learn from observing the king unseen in Chapter 14?

2. Why does Aramis propose they take their carriage off of the road so they can converse in Chapter 8?

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

4. What causes King Louis to come to terms with his imprisonment in the Bastille?

5. When Fontaine tells his companions of his first duel in Chapter 6, what is their response?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Baisemeaux hesitant to take back the prisoner in Chapter 17?

2. How does Biscarrat try to convince the captain to let Aramis and Porthos go in Chapter 48?

3. What does Moliere do to quell Porthos's indignation in Chapter IV, when it is proposed that he should be measured for his outfit?

4. Why is D'Artagnan perplexed and his conscience not at ease regarding the arrest of Fouquet in Chapter 19?

5. How does Beaufort maintain his grand style of living in Paris and in general?

6. How does Aramis's demeanor change in Chapter 8 when he writes a letter commanding Baisemeaux to release the prisoner?

7. In Chapter 41 as the King thinks back on D'Artagnan's service to him, how does he remember it?

8. When King Louis XIV is first imprisoned at the Bastille, what does he think has become of him?

9. When Fouquet's friends recommended that he flee the country and the mistreatment of Louis XIV, what is his response?

10. What type of captain is Beaufort once he arrives in Toulon?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

A recurrent theme in "The Man in the Iron Mask" is that of vanity, and how characters react when their vanity is wounded or bruised. Compare and contrast vanity as exhibited by King Louis XIV, Fouquet and Porthos and how it either shifts throughout the novel or remains the same. Discuss how each character reacts when their vanity is wounded and what this reaction infers about that character.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, "The Man in the Iron Mask," Dumas sets forth several conflicting views of allegiance. Compare and contrast the specific view on the purpose and importance of allegiance as demonstrated by one of the following character pairings:

a) Fouquet and Aramis

b) King Louis and Philippe

c) Colbert and D'Artagnan

Give specific textual information on how these characters exhibit and come to these views. Also in the conclusion address whether or not you feel that Dumas is purporting one view of allegiance as being correct or true.

Essay Topic 3

What is Alexandre Dumas's writing style? Discuss both the mechanical aspect of his writing and his "voice" throughout the novel. Make sure to discuss what literary tools and devices he relies on most and what specific parts of the text reflect his voice?

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