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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. What is the little boy who is laying in the grass looking at?

2. What is Thomas Aquinas known for writing in "Micromegas"?

3. What is the name of one of the philosophers that the men give to Micromegas in response to a human's soul?

4. What is Jean Bridelle's most cherished pleasure?

5. What does Desplein claim the human body lacks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the old clown.

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

4. Why is Horace surprised that Desplein attended a mass?

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

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

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

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

9. What was Desplein's first selfless act that Horace witnessed?

10. Why are the secretary and the other men of his planet upset with the small number (72) of senses that they have in "Micromegas?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Atheist's Mass," what is the irony behind Desplein's visits to church? What do his visits say about him as a man? Do you consider Desplein a true atheist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In "The Return of the Prodigal Son," whom is the most important conversation with: the father, the older brother, the mother, or the younger brother? Why do you believe that this is the most important conversation in the story? Cite specific examples from the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the prophecies in "The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaler." What were the circumstances under which each of the prophecies was given? What happened because of the prophecies? Did each of the prophecies change the receiver? How? What was the outcome of the prophecies on the story itself?

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