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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. Retiring after supper on their first night in Totes, Loiseau puts his eye to the bedroom keyhole in order to discover the ________of the corridor.
(a) Inhabitants.
(b) Mysteries.
(c) Apparitions.
(d) Truths.

2. What do the ladies on the coach bring to warm their feet in "Boule de Suif"?
(a) Small lanterns.
(b) Silk leggings.
(c) Copper foot-warmers.
(d) Fur-lined boots.

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

4. As they dined after the first indignant outburst the first day in Totes, the coach passengers spoke _______and thought _______.
(a) Some; much.
(b) Little; much.
(c) Little; some.
(d) Much; little.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of the story, the vanquished in the city of Rouen realize they had to be civil to whom?

2. What do the men search for in the farmhouses beside the road that they cannot find in "Boule de Suif"?

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

4. In the morning of the first day in Totes, what two people does Cornudet listen to forecast the future of France, one advocating the Orleans dynasty, the other an unknown savior?

5. What does Boule de Suif stammer when she returns from her meeting with Prussian officer when they first arrive in Totes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the passengers react to the coach finally being ready the day after Boule de Suif agrees to sleep with the Prussian officer, and what does it mean?

2. How does Boule de Suif reject Cornudet's advances and what does it signify?

3. How are the provisions the passengers provide in the coach from Totes described, and why is it significant?

4. Why does Cornudet whistle and hum in the coach at the end of "Boule de Suif"?

5. What is the Prussian officer's manner and dress when he meets with the male passengers in his room and how does it contrast with the male passengers?

6. When the passengers congregate in the kitchen to discuss the Prussian's motives for detaining them the first day, what are their assumptions and how are they significant?

7. How does Boule de Suif respond to the Prussian's inquiry about whether or not she has changed her mind, and why is it significant?

8. How does Madame Carre-Lamadon describe the Prussian officer and what does it signify?

9. When the group witnesses the Prussian soldiers carrying out their duties, what does the old man tell them about his experience with the soldiers?

10. On their walk the second afternoon in Totes, how does the landscape fit with the passengers' mood?

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