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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What year does the story "Boule de Suif" take place?
(a) 1871.
(b) 1671.
(c) 1771.
(d) 1971.

2. 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.

3. What passengers are the last to alight from the coach when they arrive in Totes?
(a) The two nuns.
(b) Monsieur and Madame Carre-Lamadon.
(c) Comtesse and Comte de Breville.
(d) Boule de Suif and Cornudet.

4. When they arrive at Totes, the mood at supper after Boule de Suif returns from her meeting with the Prussian officer is characterized as what?
(a) Mournful.
(b) Tense.
(c) Gloomy.
(d) Cheerful.

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

6. Who declares at dinner the first day in Totes that the Prussians behaved liked "ancient barbarians"?
(a) Comte de Breville.
(b) Madame Carre-Lamadon.
(c) Loiseau.
(d) Boule de Suif.

7. The Prussian officer who often dined at the same table with the family, expressed sympathy with __________.
(a) Russia.
(b) Germany.
(c) France.
(d) United States.

8. What does Cornudet have that he offers to his neighbors in the coach on the way to Totes?
(a) A carafe of coffee.
(b) A crust of bread.
(c) A knuckle of ham.
(d) A bottle of rum.

9. What object does Cornudet use that is described as "admirably colored to a black the shade of its owner's teeth"?
(a) A Bible.
(b) A pipe.
(c) A wallet.
(d) A jug.

10. In the beginning of "Boule de Suif," what happens to the National Guards' arms, uniforms, and death dealing paraphernalia?
(a) It suddenly disappeared.
(b) It was quickly burned.
(c) It was slowly buried.
(d) It appeared intermittently.

11. Why is Boule de Suif much sought after in the story?
(a) Because of her kind, warm heart.
(b) Because of her knowledge of many subjects.
(c) Because of her fresh, pleasing appearance.
(d) Because of her connections to high society.

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

13. Who tells Monsieur Follenvie to "Kindly tell the scoundrel, that carrion of a Prussian, that I will never consent"?
(a) Madame Loiseau.
(b) The Old Nun.
(c) Madame Carre-Lamadon.
(d) Boule de Suif.

14. How many hours has the coach been on the road for when they see the lights glimmer from Totes?
(a) Five.
(b) Eleven.
(c) Fourteen.
(d) Nine.

15. What does the rumor about the Prussians concern in the beginning of "Boule de Suif"?
(a) That they were about to enter Paris.
(b) That they were about to leave Rouen.
(c) That they were about to leave Paris.
(d) That they were about to enter Rouen.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, who feels affection for the "pomp and circumstance of despotic government"?

2. At three o'clock, what does Boule de Suif remove from an enormous dish in the story?

3. What is the Prussian officer wearing when the male passengers meet them after luncheon the first day in Totes?

4. What does Monsieur Follenvie announce about the Prussian officer as the passengers are about to sit down to dinner the first day in Totes?

5. In "Boule de Suif," who alone is authorized to interview the Prussian officer on civil matters?

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