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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. How many of the permanent watchers are there at a given time?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

2. When the watchers are invited to take on a night's vigil without a breakfast, what do they do?
(a) Lie about the artist.
(b) Make themselves scarce.
(c) Insist on money.
(d) Get angry.

3. For whom is seeing the hunger artist a special treat?
(a) Animals.
(b) Women.
(c) The elderly.
(d) Children.

4. For whom is the hunger artist often just a joke that happens to be in fashion?
(a) The elders.
(b) The priests.
(c) The women.
(d) The children.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the hunger artist wear?

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

3. In what tense is "A Hunger Artist" written?

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

5. Who selects the permanent watchers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to the interest in fasting at the beginning of the story? How has this affected the artist?

2. What are some examples of simile and metaphor in Part 2?

3. What is described as the antithesis of the artist?

4. How do the artist's final words contradict his behavior?

5. What are the reactions of those who do stop at the circus?

6. Who is paralleled to the hunger artist and why?

7. How does the artist feel about the world when he dies?

8. What is the symbiotic relationship between the artist and his audience? How does this frustrate him?

9. What has changed about the audience in terms of their belief in the artist?

10. How is the artist's situation "absurd" in "A Hunger Artist"?

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