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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. Who does Rodrig show Cincinnatus a 'photohoroscope' of?
2. What happens to the prison as Cincinnatus leaves it?
3. What does Pierre tell Cincinnatus to do in the moments before the execution?
4. What does Cincinnatus have trouble deciding about his letter to Marthe?
5. What does Cincinnatus do when Marthe offers to have sex with him?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Marthe get permission to come and see Cincinnatus?
2. What inconsistency in Cecilia C.'s clothes does Cincinnatus point out?
3. What does Pierre do, when the party moves outside at the meeting between Cincinnatus, Pierre, and the city officials?
4. How does Cincinnatus respond to Pierre's speech?
5. How does Pierre act during his chess game with Cincinnatus?
6. What reason does Pierre give Cincinnatus for pretending to be a prisoner?
7. Describe what happens to Cincinnatus's cell when the tunnel is completed.
8. What does Emmie's mother describe as Emmie's last prank before going back to school?
9. What does the librarian do when Cincinnatus tries to express his true thoughts?
10. What did Cecilia C. ask Marthe for, and what was Marthe's response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Cincinnatus's character and how others perceive him in the novel.
1) What does Cincinnatus's writing reveal about his character?
2) How do other people perceive and treat Cincinnatus in the novel? What character flaws do others point out to him? Is there any truth in these accusations?
3) How does Cincinnatus change over the course of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss symbolism and metaphor in the novel.
1) What things are described as being off-center in the novel? What does this represent in the novel?
2) What does the spider represent in the novel? What does the moth that is almost fed to the spider represent?
3) What do nonnons represent? Why does Cecelia C. tell the story of nonnons?
4) Why does Cincinnatus take himself apart several times during the novel? What does this represent? What do some of the other absurd or surreal events in the novel represent?
5) What does the prison itself represent? Do the characters have symbolic or metaphoric meaning?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss Cincinnatus's own role in his imprisonment.
1) How does Cincinnatus's crime make him impossible to imprison? Why does Cincinnatus remain in the prison, hoping for help of escape from Emmie or Pierre?
2) What implications does Cincinnatus's escape from his execution at the end of the novel have about Cincinnatus's imprisonment? If he were able to simply walk away from the executioner's ax, couldn't he simply walk away from his cell?
3) What aspects of Cincinnatus's own personality and character imprison him, literally and metaphorically?
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