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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Boule de Suif stammer when she returns from her meeting with Prussian officer when they first arrive in Totes?
(a) "Oh, the hero, the hero!"
(b) "Oh, the scoundrel! The scoundrel!"
(c) "Oh, the coward, the coward!"
(d) "Oh, the rascal, the rascal!"

2. At dinner the first day in Totes, who manifested a lively and tender sympathy for Boule de Suif?
(a) The nuns.
(b) The innkeepers.
(c) The women.
(d) The men.

3. Why does Boule de Suif refuse Cornudet their first night in Totes?
(a) Because she would not suffer to be caressed with the enemy nearby.
(b) Because she would not suffer to speak to the enemy.
(c) Because she would not suffer to dine with a loathsome companion.
(d) Because she would not suffer to spy on her neighbors.

4. After night falls, what does Madame de Breville offer Boule de Suif when the cold makes her shiver in the coach?
(a) Her foot-warmer.
(b) Her fur collar.
(c) Her blanket.
(d) Her boots.

5. In "Boule de Suif," who is the "terror of all respectable people"?
(a) Cornudet.
(b) Boule de Suif.
(c) Comte de Breville.
(d) Monsieur Carre-Lamadon.

6. During their first supper in Totes, who states "War is a barbarous proceeding when we attack a peaceful neighbor, but it is a sacred duty when undertaken in defense of one' country."
(a) The Puny Nun.
(b) Boule de Suif.
(c) Cornudet.
(d) Monsieur Follenvie.

7. When the coach lights the lantern, what hovers over the sweating flanks of the horses and roadside?
(a) A shadow of moonlight.
(b) A light mist.
(c) A dense fog.
(d) A cloud of vapor.

8. At luncheon the first day in Totes, who appears ill and worried as they dine?
(a) The nuns.
(b) Madame Carre-Lamadon.
(c) Boule de Suif.
(d) Madame Loiseau.

9. At the beginning of the story, the vanquished in the city of Rouen realize they had to be civil to whom?
(a) Their conquerors.
(b) Their allies.
(c) Their peers.
(d) Their family.

10. In the beginning of "Boule de Suif," what kind of soldiers are NOT wandering through the town?
(a) Retired.
(b) Enlisted.
(c) Volunteers.
(d) Artillerymen.

11. Who refuses to meet with the Prussian officer after luncheon the first day in Totes, stating that he would never have anything to do with the Germans?
(a) Cornudet.
(b) Comte de Breville.
(c) Monsieur Carre-Lamadon.
(d) Monsieur Follenvie.

12. What is the name of the card game the men propose to play after dinner the first day in Totes?
(a) Euchre.
(b) Eleusis.
(c) Escarte.
(d) Eighty-three.

13. Why does the four-horse coach decide to leave on Tuesday morning before daybreak?
(a) To avoid traffic on the road.
(b) To avoid attracting a crowd.
(c) To get a head start on their journey.
(d) To take advantage of the daylight.

14. According to the servant, why does Monsieur Follenvie never rise before ten o'clock?
(a) Because of his depression.
(b) Because of his asthma.
(c) Because of his insomnia.
(d) Because of his migraines.

15. Why are the coach passengers frightened when they first arrive in Totes?
(a) They hear the ringing of a bell and a voice call out in French.
(b) They hear the clanging of a scabbard and a voice call out in French.
(c) They hear the ringing of a bell and a voice call out in German.
(d) They hear the clanging of a scabbard and a voice call out in German.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year does the story "Boule de Suif" take place?

2. What port city do the merchants in Rouen have business in and have to reach, despite being occupied by the Germans?

3. In the coach, who does Cornudet revile that makes Boule de Suif become indignant?

4. In the beginning of "Boule de Suif" who are "scoundrels often brave beyond measure"?

5. What do boat-men and fishermen often haul to the surface in "Boule de Suif"?

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