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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Albertine?
(a) A character in Proust's book.
(b) Proust's girlfriend.
(c) Proust's sister.
(d) Proust's mother.

2. What was Proust's life filled with?
(a) Missteps in his upbringing.
(b) Missteps in physicality.
(c) Missteps in physicality and psychology.
(d) Missteps in intellect.

3. What city's newspaper does De Botton analyze at the beginning of "How Proust Can Change Your Life ; Not a Novel"?
(a) Rome.
(b) Paris.
(c) Milan.
(d) London.

4. What was Proust's response to the newspaper's poll?
(a) That knowledge of imminent death would cause humans to apprciate life more fully.
(b) That people would begin to mend and repair estranged relationships.
(c) That people would go into mass panic.
(d) That people's social inhibitions would fall away.

5. How long is one sentence of Proust's in "In Search of Lost Time"?
(a) 3 meters.
(b) 4 and a half meters.
(c) 5 meters.
(d) 4 meters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Proust's main passions?

2. What was Proust's father's name?

3. Who did Proust tell that he wanted his book to do for people what his father did for people?

4. Why did Proust respond to the newspaper article about the young boy who murdered his mom?

5. How many months later did Proust die after responding to the newspaper's poll?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Proust respond to the newspaper article about the young boy who murdered his mother?

2. Why did Proust write in such long-winded form?

3. Discuss what question De Botton details that the L'Intransigeant asked in one of its polls?

4. Describe Proust's opinion of newspapers.

5. What was Proust's problem with romance and love?

6. Who is John Ruskin?

7. What is the Marquis de Lau Phenomenon?

8. Describe how Proust thought art should be critiqued.

9. What did Proust believe painter's were capable of?

10. What did Proust feel people should take their time to create?

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