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. How many suits was Mouston measured for in behalf of Porthos?

2. What does the king claim to be suffering from to Valliere in Chapter 14?

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

4. What profession does Baisemeaux hold?

5. What is unique about the ceiling of the king's bedchamber at Vaux?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is unique about the carriage that transports Aramis and Porthos on their visit to Athos?

4. How does Anne of Austria respond when she sees both of her sons in the same room in Chapter 24?

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

6. What reason does Valliere give for dissuading the king from arresting Fouquet at the party?

7. What does Fouquet hope to gain by arriving in Nantes before the other advisers?

8. Describe Porthos's demeanor when D'Artagnan comes to visit him in Chapter 2.

9. What is unique about the plates that Fouquet eats from?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

One literary tool employed by Dumas in "The Man in the Iron Mask" is the use of foreshadowing. Give examples of where Dumas has employed foreshadowing and discuss in detail how this use of foreshadowing furthered the plot, developed character, or strengthened a theme.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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