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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. What does the artist tell stories of with his watchers?

2. What is the only item of furniture in the cage?

3. How has the artist never yet left his cage at the end of a fast?

4. What is the hunger artist's happiest moment with the overnight watchers?

5. What sticks out prominently on the artist?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't the artist quit his profession when interest dwindles? What does he do instead?

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

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

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

5. What do the handlers of the artist inevitably do when helping him from the cage?

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

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

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

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

10. Where is the artist's cage placed in the circus? What is the description of it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss "A Hunger Artist "in terms of existentialist philosophy. What about the story conveys these concepts and ideas?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the different interpretations of the story "A Hunger Artist." What do each of these imply is the meaning of Kafka's work?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the term "Kafkaesque." What qualities does work of this style and or mood convey?

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