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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why is Madame Marneffe denied an inheritance?
(a) Her family disowned her.
(b) She is an orphan.
(c) She is a gambler.
(d) She is an illegitimate child.

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

4. What is the profession of the Baroness' son?
(a) Milliner.
(b) Doctor.
(c) Lawyer.
(d) Pharmacist.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What name does Monsieur Crevel give to the modern parable of Monsieur Hulot and his family?

2. What is the amount of Mademoiselle Hortense's dowry expected to be?

3. Who buys the group from Wenceslas?

4. Who considers herself to be the family confessional?

5. How does Wenceslas discover the identity of the person who arranges for his release from prison?

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom does Lisbeth discuss the Baron's fascination with Valerie Marneffe? According to Lisbeth, what has Baron Hulot done to win her favor?

2. How does Lisbeth meet Wenceslas in the first place? What is the relationship between them after this first meeting?

3. What solution does Monsieur Crevel propose to the Baroness for the problem of Hortense's dowry? What other options does he tell her she has available to her?

4. Why does the Baroness summon Monsieur Crevel? Which of Monsieur Crevel's actions have affected the Baroness? Why has he acted this way?

5. Where does Monsieur Grasset take Wenceslas? Why does this happen to the young artist?

6. What does Lisbeth advise Wenceslas to do after the visit from Monsieur Grasset and what reason does she give for this? What does she promise to do?

7. Who is the first character introduced in the novel? What information is surmised about his age? How is this information revealed?

8. What proof does Lisbeth provide of the existence of her admirer? What does she receive from Hortense in exchange for this information?

9. Describe Lisbeth. How old is she? How does she dress? How does this affect her social standing in comparison to her cousin, the Baroness?

10. How do Monsieur Crevel and Monsieur Hulot know one another? How are they related? What occasioned their falling out?

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