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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is the amount of Mademoiselle Hortense's dowry expected to be?
(a) Forty thousand francs.
(b) Thirty thousand pesetas.
(c) Two hundred thousand livres.
(d) Five thousand pounds.

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

5. 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) Talking to himself.
(d) Combing his hair.

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

7. What award does Monseiur Crevel wear on his National Guard uniform?
(a) A purple heart.
(b) A ribbon of the Legion of Honor.
(c) A silver star.
(d) A gold cross.

8. What financial difficulty do the Marneffes face?
(a) They are behind on their rent payments.
(b) They have to pay off Madame Marneffe's family's debts.
(c) They have medical expenses.
(d) They have no source of income.

9. What word means animal of the rocks or chamois?
(a) Hulot.
(b) Rocamadour.
(c) Crevel.
(d) Steinbock.

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

11. What is Jenny Cadine's profession?
(a) Seamstress.
(b) Schoolmistress.
(c) Actress.
(d) Opera singer.

12. What job does the Baroness' son aspire to?
(a) Doing nothing.
(b) A general in the Army.
(c) A supreme court justice.
(d) A government minister.

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

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

15. With what major event do the beginnings of Monsieur Hulot's infidelities coincide?
(a) The end of the empire.
(b) The end of the monarchy.
(c) The French Revolution.
(d) The Glorious Revolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Wenceslas tell Lisbeth has purchased his group?

2. How do Monsieur Hulot and Monsieur Crevel become acquainted?

3. What does the narrator consider to be "the most reliable thermometer of wealth in Parisian households"?

4. What year does the novel take place?

5. What is the profession of the Baroness' son?

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