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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What particular significance does the name d'Ervy have to the Baron?
(a) It is the site of a famous battle.
(b) It is his birthplace.
(c) It is the name of his first love.
(d) It is his mother's maiden name.

8. Who considers herself to be the family confessional?
(a) Adeline.
(b) Jenny Cadine.
(c) Hortense.
(d) Lisbeth.

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

10. How does Wenceslas discover the identity of the person who arranges for his release from prison?
(a) A letter.
(b) A court document.
(c) Word of mouth.
(d) A personal visit.

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

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

13. What does Monsieur Crevel suggest that Madame Hulot do to obtain a dowry for her daughter?
(a) Become a seamstress.
(b) Ask her son for a loan.
(c) Ask her cousin for a loan.
(d) Become his mistress.

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

15. How do Monsieur Hulot and Monsieur Crevel become acquainted?
(a) Through their military service.
(b) Through their parents.
(c) Through their children.
(d) Through their mistresses.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why has the Baroness' brother-in-law never married?

2. What nickname does the Baron give to Lisbeth?

3. What award does Monseiur Crevel wear on his National Guard uniform?

4. How are the Baroness and Monsieur Crevel related?

5. How much older is the Baroness than her cousin Bette?

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