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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. While Julian is out hunting one day, what animal gains the power to speak to him?

2. Why is Desplein's student surprised by Desplein's actions toward the water carrier?

3. What is the Emperor's name who Julian frees from the Muslims?

4. What happened to the boy while the storyteller from "The Rope" was away on business?

5. What is the prophecy that Julian's mother hears about her son's future?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the narrator shun the boy in "The Rope?"

2. In "The Mass of the Atheist," why was the famous French surgeon Desplein's death upsetting, even for his enemies?

3. In "The Old Clown," why were people "sprawled everywhere?"

4. What does the garden mean for the old couple in "Minuet?"

5. Who cursed Julian? Why?

6. According to Jean Bridelle, in "Minuet," what is the most violent grief a man and mother can bear?

7. What would Jean Bridelle do in the garden almost every morning?

8. What do the men on the ship tell Micromegas and the Saturnian their time is spent doing?

9. According to "The Poor Boy's Toy," how do rich children differ from poor ones?

10. What is the rich boy looking at in "The Poor Boy's Toy?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose three of the stories using the obstacles that the main character faces. What are the obstacles? What are the choices the main character has? What does the main character choose to do? Is the decision moral/just or not?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the prophecies that Julian's parents received about their son. How do the prophecies conflict with each other? How do they feed into each other? Which prophecy seems to be more important to each individual parent? Why? How is this typical of the times and circumstances in which the prophecy was given?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the imagery in the story "The Old Clown." What does the old clown represent? What does the narrator represent? What do the festivities represent? What is the main point of the story?

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