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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who sees Monsieur Hulot in a front stall at the Varietes with Jenny Cadine?
(a) Mademoiselle Hortense.
(b) The Baroness.
(c) Monsieur Hulot's son.
(d) Cousin Bette.

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

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

9. How does Lisbeth know the Marneffes?
(a) They work in the same building.
(b) They attend the same church.
(c) Lisbeth worked for Monsieur Marneffe.
(d) They live in the same building.

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

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

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

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

14. Who is the author of Cousin Bette?
(a) Jean-Luc Goddard.
(b) Honoré de Balzac.
(c) Emile Zola.
(d) Gustave Flaubert.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who considers herself to be the family confessional?

3. What subject does Lisbeth's beau teach?

4. Who is Jenny Cadine's protector?

5. How long had Lisbeth's beau been working on the figurine she shows to Hortense?

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