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 unique about the postilion of the final relay of in Chapter 8?

2. Why does Philippe have difficulty understanding what Anne of Austria whispers in his ear in Chapter 24?

3. In Chapter 26, which two countries does Aramis claim to have relations in?

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

5. How does Baisemeaux ensure that no one sees the king when he brought by Aramis to the prison?

Short Essay Questions

1. After D'Artagnan's horse dies from exhaustion, what does he do to continue pursuing Fouquet?

2. How does Colbert prove to the king that Fouquet has embezzled money from the government?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the village of Poitou that Aramis offers Phillippe a humble life of obscurity in.

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

9. As mentioned in Chapter 8, what did the prisoner, Marchiali, arrive at the Bastile with?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Duty is a theme throughout "The Man in the Iron Mask." Discuss three different character's views of duty and how it is exhibited by their statements and actions. Based on these accounts of duty, does Dumas create an overarching definition of what duty is?

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

In "The Man in the Iron Mask," Dumas utilizes the several historical figures as important characters in the end of the novel. Discuss how the historical basis for these characters as established in literature affect how their characters are viewed in the book.

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