Please write in the space provided and on the backs of these pages. You must complete your answers in the time allowed. Choose two of the four essay questions, one for each play, supporting your argument with specific information from the play. Each essay is valued at 15%, or 52 out of 350 points, of the examination grade.
1. Moliere’s Tartuffe is a comedy, but was condemned and criticized by Seventeenth Century leaders of the Catholic Church. Please discuss specific examples of elements in the play you believe some audience members might consider unfunny, offensive and worthy of condemnation.
2. The complete title of Moliere’s most famous play is Tartuffe, ou l’Imposteur, or in English, Tartuffe, or the Imposter. But in the play, and in academic criticism, the title character is referred to as a hypocrite. Explain the difference between a hypocrite and an imposter, relating these ideas to Tartuffe, the character.
3. Discuss at least three symbols in A Doll’s House that Ibsen uses to illuminate the situation and/or the characters.
4. Please discuss the social message you believe Henrik Ibsen is investigating and that he would likely personally support in A Doll’s House, and why. Please cite specific examples from the play to support your argument.