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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 would the children do "for greater security" while watching the artist?
(a) Hide behind their mothers.
(b) Hide their eyes.
(c) Hold each others' hands.
(d) Run away.

2. Who could watch the hunger artist continuously, day and night?
(a) The cameras.
(b) The impresario.
(c) No one.
(d) The reporter.

3. At the best, the audience sets the artist down as what?
(a) A fraud.
(b) Anorexic.
(c) Modest.
(d) A thief.

4. What is the only item of furniture in the cage?
(a) A clock.
(b) A bed.
(c) A desk.
(d) A chair.

5. What would the hunger artist do to prove he wasn't eating?
(a) Cough.
(b) Sing.
(c) Cry.
(d) Dance.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who sets the limit on the artist's fasts?

2. How are the results of the fast announced?

3. The artist's inner what is always rankled?

4. The permanent watchers are a formality to reassure whom?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do writing and the art of hunger compare metaphorically?

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

3. How does the artist react to those who believe him to be "cheating"?

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

5. What about the cage's placement at the circus further lowers the artist's spirit?

6. What is one way to view the artist's suffering negatively?

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

8. How does the circus diminish the artist's form?

9. What does the artist do when given the hands of those helping him out of the cage?

10. Who discovers the artist in his cage in the end of the story? What does the hunger artist say?

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