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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. For whom is the hunger artist often just a joke that happens to be in fashion?

2. Who pays for the breakfast brought to the watchers?

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

4. What would the hunger artist do to prove he wasn't eating?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the artist think of his repast? What does the impresario do to prove the artist's heroism?

9. How does the artist feel about the breakfast served to the spectators? What is suspected about this by others?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the tense and voice of "A Hunger Artist"? Define these terms in your answer. Describe whose point of view the story follows and why.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the decline of interest in the hunger artist's art. Why has this happened? What is the artist's reaction to the disinterest?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the plot structure of "A Hunger Artist." How well does this story fit into the mold of a traditional plot?

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