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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Lisbeth surmise as the cause of her admirer's failed suicide attempt?
(a) A broken heart.
(b) Patriotism.
(c) Loneliness.
(d) Poverty.

3. Who is Madame Marneffe's father?
(a) The Baron.
(b) The Comte of Clichy.
(c) Monsieur Crevel.
(d) The Comte of Montcornet.

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

5. What does Lisbeth bring home to her admirer from the dinner parties she attends?
(a) Silverware.
(b) Flowers.
(c) Leftovers.
(d) Fruit and sweets.

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

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

8. What commission does the Baron get for Lisbeth's admirer?
(a) A group for Monsieur Crevel.
(b) A statue of Napoleon.
(c) A clock for the prince.
(d) A statue of Marshal Montcornet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What gift does the Emperor bestow on the Baroness when she is a young woman?

2. How does Lisbeth know the Marneffes?

3. What does Monsieur Crevel suggest that Madame Hulot do to obtain a dowry for her daughter?

4. How are the Baroness and Monsieur Crevel related?

5. Who sees Monsieur Hulot in a front stall at the Varietes with Jenny Cadine?

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