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. What does the prodigal son's father accuse his son of doing when he asked him why he left?

2. In "The Passer-Through-Walls", how long does the main character meditate before bed every night?

3. In "The Return of the Prodigal Son", what does the prodigal son say shut him in?

4. According to the editor, Ayme is the most inventive in what type of French writing?

5. What is the name of the horseman that Daru recognizes approaching the schoolhouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the prodigal son planning on saying to his father to get his father to accept him back?

2. According to the editor, why is Francois Mauriac "one of the most sensitive witnesses of our threatened world?"

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

4. According to Judas, how is a paralytic described after he has been cured?

5. How does Dutilleul come to find out about his power?

6. Why is the eldest son harsher than the father is regarding the prodigal son?

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

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

9. Why did the narrator live in a "poetic trance" while at Grand-Lebrun?

10. What does Daru do with the Arab at the end of the story?

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

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 3

Micromegas is banned from his planet for writing a heretical book. He goes on a journey that allows him to ask a very important question to the inhabitants of Earth. Why is the question so important to Micromegas? What point is he making by asking it? What is the relevance of his journey and the question?

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