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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What country are the passengers in "Boule de Suif" traveling through on a coach?
(a) Germany.
(b) France.
(c) Spain.
(d) Russia.

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

3. 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 Follenvie.
(d) Monsieur Carre-Lamadon.

4. In the beginning of the story, what do the conquerors exact from the inhabitants of Rouen?
(a) Transportation.
(b) Clothes.
(c) Accolades.
(d) Money.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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."

2. What is the name of the card game the men propose to play after dinner the first day in Totes?

3. Who faints from hunger after the odor of food permeates the coach in the story?

4. What object does Cornudet use that is described as "admirably colored to a black the shade of its owner's teeth"?

5. In "Boule de Suif," how do the men speak of money matters in the coach?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Madame Loiseau mean when she remarks to her husband on their way to bed regarding Madame Carre-Lamadon that she "laughed on the wrong side of her mouth all evening"?

2. What are the other passengers' reaction to Cornudet's whistling and humming at the end of "Boule de Suif" and how does Cornudet react?

3. How do the other passengers respond to Boule de Suif's outburst after being questioned by the coach passengers about the Prussian officer's inquiry regarding her?

4. What does Boule de Suif say to her fellow passengers after reluctantly complying to speak with the Prussian officer who summoned her and why is it significant?

5. What is the passengers' attitude toward Boule de Suif on their second day of detention in Totes?

6. Who is Boule de Suif and what is the metaphor Maupassant uses to describe her appearance.

7. How does Monsieur Follenvie respond to the travelers inquiries about the Prussian officer and why is it significant?

8. How does the countess use the old nun to manipulate Boule de Suif into considering sleeping with the Prussian officer?

9. What does Boule de Suif remember in the coach as the passengers eat their lunch without sharing it with her at the end of "Boule de Suif" and why is it significant?

10. What analogy does Maupassant make in order to describe how the passengers discuss their strategies in approaching Boule de Suif about sleeping with the Prussian officer, and why is it significant?

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