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. What is the name of the person Aramis tells Fouquet he wants to release from the Bastille?

2. What does Baisemeaux request from Fouquet before he can release the prisoner in Chapter 22?

3. Who does the king request to see before he retires for the night on his first evening at Vaux?

4. Who does D'Artagnan believe would be the superior king?

5. What does Aramis give Baisemeaux when they arrive at the Bastille in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Philippe describe the appearance of Colbert in Chapter 10?

2. In Chapter 1, Aramis desires the prisoner to become King for what reason?

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

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

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

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

7. Throughout the festivities at Vaux when the king is entertained with a play and all sorts of special amusement, what is the king's demeanor?

8. When D'Artagnan chides Louise at the grave of Raoul, what is her response?

9. Why does Athos desire to keep Raoul home when Beaufort first asks to take him on his journey to Africa?

10. What has Athos been preparing for in Chapter 57 and 58?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Man in the Iron Mask," in many ways King Louis serves as the character foil to Fouquet. Using specific examples from the book illustrate how their characterizations are in antithesis to each other and how these characterizations are strengthened when shown in contrast with each other.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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