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

2. What reason does Lisbeth give Hortense and the Baroness for Wenceslas' decision to go to Russia?
(a) He has been offered a commission by the Czar.
(b) He has political motivations for going there.
(c) He has received a letter from his wife summoning him.
(d) He has fled from his debts in France.

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 Rich Fool.
(d) The Prodigal Father.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lisbeth know the Marneffes?

2. Who arranges for Wenceslas to be released from prison?

3. In his dedication, to what job does the author compare his work as a novelist?

4. How are the Baroness and Monsieur Crevel related?

5. How long has Monsieur Crevel been a widower?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Lisbeth describe her relationship with Wenceslas to Valerie Marneffe? What proof of his connection to Hortense does Valerie show to Lisbeth?

3. What plan do Lisbeth and Hortense agree upon to help out Lisbeth's admirer? Who accompanies Hortense on this mission? Whom does her escort take notice of during this venture?

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

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

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

8. After Wenceslas sells his bronze group, who comes to visit Lisbeth at her flat? What is the purpose of this visit?

9. Who arranges for Wenceslas to be released from prison? How does Wenceslas find out this information?

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

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