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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 hunger artist alone know?

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

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

4. Who selects the permanent watchers?

5. Who is bound to be the sole, completely satisfied spectator of the artist's fast?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the artist respond when the attendant tells him they have admired his fasting? What happens after he dies?

2. What is described as the antithesis of the artist?

3. 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?

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

5. Where do the artist and impresario travel in Part 2 and why?

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

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

8. What is the artist's point of view regarding the impresario's excuses? What is his view of the audience reaction?

9. What are some examples of simile and metaphor in Part 2?

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

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

What other figures in history have had famous fasts? Why? How does the hunger artist's fast compare to these?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's use of symbolism and motif? How do these techniques tie into the style of the author? How do they reflect various themes?

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