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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are the Baroness and Monsieur Crevel related?
(a) Monsieur Crevel is married to the Baroness' cousin.
(b) Monsieur Crevel's son is married to the Baroness' daughter.
(c) The Baroness' son is married to Monsieur Crevel's daughter.
(d) The Baroness is married to Monsieur Crevel's uncle.

2. Why does the Baron want Lisbeth to move to the Rue Vaneau?
(a) To spy on Madame Marneffe.
(b) To live in a more fashionable area.
(c) To distance her from Hortense.
(d) To be closer to the family.

3. How long has Monsieur Crevel been a widower?
(a) Two years.
(b) Ten years.
(c) Fifteen years.
(d) Five years.

4. How many suitors has Lisbeth rejected?
(a) Zero.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Five.

5. The author dedicates the novel to a scholar who studies which writer?
(a) Cervantes.
(b) Dante.
(c) Boccaccio.
(d) Shakespeare.

6. What item does Hortense promise Lisbeth in exchange for proof of her beau's existence?
(a) A yellow cashmere shawl.
(b) A parasol.
(c) A feathered hat.
(d) A diamond necklace.

7. What reason does Lisbeth give Hortense and the Baroness for Wenceslas' decision to go to Russia?
(a) He has political motivations for going there.
(b) He has received a letter from his wife summoning him.
(c) He has fled from his debts in France.
(d) He has been offered a commission by the Czar.

8. What had been Monsieur Crevel's profession?
(a) Doctor.
(b) Lawyer.
(c) Pharmacist.
(d) Perfumer.

9. To what animal does Monsieur Crevel compare Mademoiselle Hortense in his conversation with the Baroness?
(a) A fox.
(b) A pig.
(c) A nightingale.
(d) A thoroughbred horse.

10. What reason does Lisbeth give Wenceslas to convince him not to write to anyone from jail about his predicament?
(a) To protect his reputation.
(b) To not worry his friends.
(c) To not make the authorities suspicious.
(d) To not anger her moneylender.

11. What is the difference in age between Monsieur Crevel and Monsieur Hulot?
(a) Crevel is seven years younger.
(b) Crevel is ten years younger.
(c) Hulot is ten years younger.
(d) Hulot is seven years younger.

12. What does the narrator consider to be "the most reliable thermometer of wealth in Parisian households"?
(a) The closet.
(b) The mode of transportation.
(c) The neighborhood.
(d) The table.

13. With whom is Lisbeth on good terms in all of the houses she frequents?
(a) The children.
(b) The servants.
(c) The pets.
(d) The young men.

14. What is the significance of the name Mirah?
(a) It is the name of a town in Israel.
(b) It is an anagram of Hiram, thereby denoting Jewish heritage.
(c) It is the German word for light.
(d) It is the name of a German town.

15. What happens just as Lisbeth is about to set up her own business?
(a) She goes bankrupt.
(b) She becomes gravely ill.
(c) The empire collapses.
(d) She accepts a marriage proposal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who considers herself to be the family confessional?

2. What subject does Lisbeth's beau teach?

3. What commission does the Baron get for Lisbeth's admirer?

4. Why is Madame Marneffe denied an inheritance?

5. How does Wenceslas discover the identity of the person who arranges for his release from prison?

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