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

2. Who selects the permanent watchers?
(a) The artist.
(b) The manager.
(c) The public.
(d) The mayor.

3. Why is the limit set on the artist's fasts?
(a) The artist refuses to keep going.
(b) The artist would die.
(c) The artist would collapse.
(d) The audience loses interest after that time.

4. What is the point of view of "A Hunger Artist"?
(a) First person.
(b) Third person.
(c) Fourth person.
(d) Second person.

5. How long is the limit of the artist's fast set to be?
(a) Three weeks.
(b) Forty days.
(c) Four months.
(d) Four weeks.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do most of the watchers think the artist is looking for?

3. What type of band plays the last day of the fast?

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

5. How many of the permanent watchers are there at a given time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What might the hunger artist's explanation refer to regarding the author?

2. How long is the fast and why is it this fixed time?

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

4. Describe the impresario. What are the objectives of this character?

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

6. What could be said in terms of the artist as a martyr? What differing definitions are there of this term and how do they apply?

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

8. Who are the "permanent watchers" and what do they do?

9. What does the artist tell his watchers regarding the ease or difficulty of his fasting? What do they respond?

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

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