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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 does the hunger artist alone know?
(a) How lonely he is.
(b) How easy it is to fast.
(c) How proud he's become.
(d) How difficult it is to fast.

2. What lights the stage of the artist at night?
(a) Torch flares.
(b) Lamps.
(c) Candles.
(d) A spotlight.

3. "There were people who argued that this breakfast was an unfair attempt" to do what?
(a) Humiliate the watchers.
(b) Bribe the watchers.
(c) Poison the watchers.
(d) Prove his humility.

4. The artist's inner what is always rankled?
(a) Rage.
(b) Hunger.
(c) Dissatisfaction.
(d) Desperation.

5. What is the cushioning on the hunger artist's stage?
(a) Straw.
(b) Feathers.
(c) Mats.
(d) Pillows.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the artist's manager called?

4. Who lends the watchers the bright light to focus on the artist?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is the artist satisfied with his fasts? Why or why not?

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

4. Why doesn't the artist complain to the management at the circus?

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

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

7. How is the artist an exhibitionist versus an inhibitionist?

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

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

10. What are the distractions of being near the animals at the circus? How does this affect the artist?

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