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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. Which watchers are more to the taste of the hunger artist?
(a) Those who play cards.
(b) Those who cry at his pain.
(c) Those who sit close to the bars.
(d) Those who offer him food.

2. Who lends the watchers the bright light to focus on the artist?
(a) The kaiser.
(b) The musician.
(c) The impresario.
(d) The artist.

3. What does the hunger artist always feel he is being cheated from doing?
(a) Beating his own record.
(b) Becoming a martyr.
(c) Beating his rival's record.
(d) Eating.

4. The narrator writes that "during these last _____ an interest in professional fasting has diminished."
(a) Months.
(b) Years.
(c) Decades.
(d) Centuries.

5. What does the artist tell stories of with his watchers?
(a) His joy.
(b) His hunger.
(c) His craft.
(d) His nomadic life.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the hunger artist perform?

2. Who is bound to be the sole, completely satisfied spectator of the artist's fast?

3. According to the narrator, how did it used to pay very well to stage such performances?

4. What is the artist's cage bedecked with at the end of his fast?

5. What does the artist drink every now and again?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author imply in his description of the audience's reaction to the panther?

2. What is the narrator's exposition regarding the artist in Part 2?

3. What elements of symbolism are used in Part 2?

4. What happens once the impresario has shaken the weakened artist following the fast?

5. What spectacle is there when the fast is over?

6. Describe briefly which of the three allegorical interpretations discussed in class with which you most agree.

7. What changes in terms of the artist's limitations in Part 2?

8. What does the artist recollect about the old days in contrast to now?

9. What does the artist do when sympathetic souls suggest his fast causes his melancholy? How does the impresario deal with him then?

10. What is the artist's point of view regarding the impresario's excuses? What is his view of the audience reaction?

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