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tartuffe, a level french

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Arguably Molière's most controversial work, Tartuffe was rewritten after it was banned following its first performance.   Despite his patronage by Louis XIV he could not withstand the wave of criticism from the church;  Tartuffe was originally a cleric. 

In the final version of the much changed "approved" edition Tartuffe has infiltrated the household of Orgon, a rich man, convincing him that his supposedly austere ways are the way to God.  Molière takes almost two acts setting the scene getting us used to the character of his antihero before he is introduced onto the stage.

Orgon is insisting that his daughter Marianne marries Tartuffe to whom he has also decided to give his property and his wealth to prove his devotion to God.   Needless to say all comes right in the end after the playwright has delivered his lesson to the hypocritical in society.

Not as farcical as L'avare, for instance, Tartuffe is considered to be one of his more important works not least for the effect on his career and reputation.

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  • Full page by page vocabulary list (can be used on phone, tablet)
  • Detailed summary of text with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each chapter/scene
  • PowerPoint with visuals and sentence starters (not all texts)
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives

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  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech

  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay

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Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.

French literature, essays, summary

Tartuffe with notes, background and exercises in French

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, summary, essays


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