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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What name does Monsieur Crevel give to the modern parable of Monsieur Hulot and his family?
(a) The Prodigal Father.
(b) The Rich Fool.
(c) The Friend at Night.
(d) The Bad Samaritan.

2. Who steals Lisbeth's admirer?
(a) Hortense.
(b) The Baroness.
(c) Celestine Crevel.
(d) Madame Marneffe.

3. Who is Jenny Cadine's protector?
(a) Cousin Bette.
(b) Monsieur Crevel.
(c) Monsieur Hulot.
(d) The Baroness.

4. Why has the Baroness' brother-in-law never married?
(a) He has been horribly disfigured in the war.
(b) He has been serving his country.
(c) He has been looking for a second Adeline.
(d) He has been busy amassing his fortune.

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

6. Who arranges for Wenceslas to be released from prison?
(a) Crevel.
(b) Lisbeth
(c) Stidman.
(d) The Baron.

7. For how long does Monsieur Crevel estimate that the Baroness will remain beautiful?
(a) Fifteen years.
(b) A lifetime.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Five years.

8. Why is cousin Bette not accepted in society?
(a) She is poorly dressed.
(b) She is unmarried.
(c) She is handicapped.
(d) She is an orphan.

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

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

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

12. To whom is Lisbeth apprenticed by the Baron?
(a) The glassblowers of the local village.
(b) The dressmakers to the high society.
(c) The embroiderers to the Imperial court.
(d) The typesetters of the daily news.

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

14. In his dedication, to what job does the author compare his work as a novelist?
(a) Professor of philosophy.
(b) Theatre actor.
(c) Supreme Court Justice.
(d) Doctor of social medicine.

15. What is Monsieur Crevel doing while waiting for the Baroness to enter the sitting room?
(a) Reading a newspaper.
(b) Looking at himself in a mirror.
(c) Combing his hair.
(d) Talking to himself.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What reason does Lisbeth give Wenceslas to convince him not to write to anyone from jail about his predicament?

3. How are the Baroness and Monsieur Crevel related?

4. What does Lisbeth surmise as the cause of her admirer's failed suicide attempt?

5. What subject does Lisbeth's beau teach?

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