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

2. What does Proust believe a life examined is?
(a) A waste of time.
(b) A life well lived.
(c) Essential to everyone.
(d) A life worthless.

3. When did Proust begin to work on his masterpiece?
(a) After he quit working at the library.
(b) When his dad died.
(c) When his mom died.
(d) After both of his parents died.

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

5. What list does Proust develop at the end of Chapter 2?
(a) A list of benefits of MLP.
(b) A list of benefits of MLB.
(c) A list of benefits for writing.
(d) A list of benefits for reading.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Proust's mother like?

2. What were Proust's main passions?

3. Who was Proust's father's best selling book written for?

4. What does the examination of merits of art include in its survey?

5. According to the beginning of "How Proust Can Change Your Life ; Not a Novel" what did Proust hate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the distinction between actual life and the "image" of life.

2. What did Proust feel should be separated between a person and their friends?

3. Describe how Proust felt when people used trite and cliched expressions.

4. Describe how Proust ultimately released the way he truly felt about his friends.

5. Who is Jean-Baptiste Chardin?

6. What does Proust urge his readers to focus their mind on?

7. How did Proust's lifestyle contradict his prompts to his readers?

8. What is Proust's overall point in his opinion on abbreviation?

9. Describe Virginia Woolf's difficulty with writing.

10. What is the L'Intransigeant?

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