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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. Why are people sprawled everywhere in "The Old Clown"?

2. Who pays for the masses that Desplein attends?

3. What does Julian do for the leper that he comes across at his job?

4. What does Desplein answer when his student questions his belief and actions?

5. What story made Maupassant famous?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the prophecy and circumstances that Julian's mother heard of his future in "The Legend of St. Julian Hospitaler."

3. According to the old couple, what is the minuet?

4. Describe how Desplein saw the earth.

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

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

7. Why was Micromegas condemned?

8. Describe the circumstances surrounding Julian's first murder.

9. Why did people dislike Desplein?

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 one character from one of the stories. Who is this character? What does the story tell readers specifically about the character? What must readers infer about the character? What are the characters strengths and weaknesses? What conflict does the character face? What does the character learn or refuse to learn? What do the character's decisions tall readers about the character?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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