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. Why won't the guard fetch the governor when Louis requests him Chapter 18?

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

3. What does D'Artagnan request from the king before he arrest Fouquet?

4. Where is Aramis's room at Vaux?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Raoul want to go to Africa and join the army?

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

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

7. What is implied by D'Artagnan's warning manner towards Fouquet in Chapter 38?

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

9. What grievance does D'Artagnan voice against the king during his audience in Chapter 53?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the point of view utilized by Dumas in "The Man in the Iron Mask." As this was a deliberate choice, discuss why Dumas selected the view he did and what influences the point of view had on the development of themes. Make sure to use specific textual evidence to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A theme that runs as an undercurrent in "The Man in the Iron Mask" applicable to contemporary issues today is that of social classes and the difference as particularly seen between the aristocracy (the rich) and the servant class. Using textual examples, discuss how Dumas establishes this theme and how it is relates to social classes as seen in popular culture today.

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