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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old was Proust when he died?
(a) 53 years old.
(b) 41 years old.
(c) 51 years old.
(d) 65 years old.

2. What did Proust refuse from the doctors on his deathbed?
(a) Medication.
(b) To talk to them.
(c) Being seen by one.
(d) Diagnosis.

3. How many months later did Proust die after responding to the newspaper's poll?
(a) 4 days.
(b) 4 months.
(c) 7 months.
(d) 5 months.

4. Why would Proust sometimes examine a mundane train timetable?
(a) To fall asleep.
(b) To go crosseyed.
(c) To keep his brain active.
(d) To keep learning.

5. When was a brief bulletin written about a boy Proust knew murdering his mother?
(a) February 1907.
(b) January 1909.
(c) January 1917.
(d) January 1907.

6. Who is Kate?
(a) De Botton's girlfriend.
(b) De Botton's sister.
(c) Proust's girlfriend.
(d) Proust's mother.

7. What does Proust desire his reader to not do?
(a) Love from experience.
(b) Love from words.
(c) Read for experience.
(d) Let life pass them by too quickly.

8. Who was the artist of Old Man and the Boy?
(a) Domenico Ghirlandio.
(b) Domnico Ghirland.
(c) Garland Domenion.
(d) Ghirlandiouso.

9. What did Proust's grandfather do?
(a) Practiced law.
(b) Practiced medicine.
(c) Taught history.
(d) Manufactured wax candles.

10. How many years had it been since Proust visited the Louvre when he responded to the newspaper's poll?
(a) 15 years.
(b) He had never been.
(c) 10 years.
(d) 5 years.

11. Who is Marquis de Lau?
(a) A well known figure in Rome.
(b) A friend of Proust's.
(c) A well known figure in Paris.
(d) A well known figure in Spain.

12. What did Proust believe art's judgment should not be affected by?
(a) The artist.
(b) The quality.
(c) The inspiration.
(d) The title.

13. What was Proust considered to be in the 1920s?
(a) He was an aspiring lawyer.
(b) He was an aspiring author.
(c) A great author.
(d) A bonafide celebrity.

14. What was Proust's father's occupation?
(a) He was a doctor.
(b) He was a writer.
(c) He was a teacher.
(d) He was a lawyer.

15. How did Proust feel in response to the article about the boy murdering his mother?
(a) Disturbed.
(b) Sick.
(c) Depressed.
(d) Unaffected.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Pensees?

2. What does De Botton suggest about human bodies?

3. In what year did Proust's father die?

4. What does Proust find the newspaper reduces murders, tragedies, and the whole human experience to?

5. How does De Botton believe Proust felt about his father?

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