French Stories Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. According to the editor, what was Claudel always guided by?

2. How many times did the main character put his head through the wall to frighten his boss on the first day?

3. What illness did Albert Camus have while at university?

4. What does the prodigal son say he can still taste, even after partaking of the calf at the feast?

5. According to the editor, in what genre does Ayme fail to be successful?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the circumstances surrounding Dutilleul's first burglary?

2. Why did Judas have the right to transfer funds into his own personal account?

3. Why was a fire only kept in the dining room and in the room of the narrator's mother in "Grand-Lebrun?"

4. What does the prodigal son's father do when the prodigal son returns home?

5. Why does Judas claim that readers should not be against the Pharisees?

6. Why does the prodigal son's older brother claim to be different from the prodigal son?

7. What happened to Dutilleul's superior because of the scare that Dutilleul gave him?

8. Describe the sight in "The Guest" that Daru witnessed while he watched the two men come up the mountain to the schoolhouse.

9. Why did Daru have bags of wheat in the schoolhouse?

10. Why is the Arab being transported to another village in "The Guest?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "The Guest," who is the guest: Daru; Balducci; or the Arab? Why do you believe so? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Guest," what is the importance of Daru's isolation? How does his love of isolation speak to the meaning behind the story? How is the theme of isolation shown in a physical way? In a symbolic way? Is Daru's love of isolation the reason that he helps the Arab to escape? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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