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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 nationality of Lisbeth's romantic interest?
(a) Swiss.
(b) Pole.
(c) Russian.
(d) German.

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

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

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

5. 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 fled from his debts in France.
(c) He has received a letter from his wife summoning him.
(d) He has political motivations for going there.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Jenny Cadine's protector?

3. Who is the author of Cousin Bette?

4. What is the significance of the name Mirah?

5. What job does the Baroness' son aspire to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whom does Hortense decide to marry? What is the relationship between Hortense's intended and Lisbeth? Why does Baron Hulot tell her that Cousin Bette will not be an obstacle to Hortense's intended marriage?

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. Who is Valerie Marneffe's father? Why does she inherit nothing upon his death?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. Whom does Wenceslas see when he returns home? Whom does he say has purchased his bronze group and offered him work?

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

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

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