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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 happens when the street-child chases after the horse-drawn bus?
(a) He begins to cry.
(b) He is attacked.
(c) He falls down.
(d) He jumps aboard.

2. What does Maldoror say he promised Holzer?
(a) To never steal.
(b) To never commit murder.
(c) To never covet a woman.
(d) To never commit suicide.

3. Why does Maldoror save the drowning man in Book II, Stanza 14?
(a) Because he looks like his friend.
(b) Because he promised to save anyone who was drowning.
(c) Because he feels pulled to him.
(d) Because he owes the world.

4. In what does Maldoror tell the grave-digger to trust?
(a) God.
(b) Death.
(c) Peace.
(d) Evil.

5. Where is Tremdall when he sees Maldoror in Book III, Stanza 3?
(a) Near a river.
(b) A mountain.
(c) At church.
(d) In town.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Maldoror say nature will wonder at his existence when he dies?

2. In Book II, Stanza 1, what does the narrator say Maldoror is for the reader?

3. What does Maldoror say happens to people who keep insects as pets?

4. In Book III, Stanza 4, why is God grateful to receive a coin?

5. In Book I, Stanza 5, what does Maldoror say differs among men?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator warn the reader about before Maldoror's story begins?

2. What does the grave digger tell Maldoror about mortality?

3. What does Maldoror predict about his death in Book I, Stanza 10?

4. How was Maldoror's childhood deafness cured?

5. In Book III, Stanza 3, what does Tremdall witness?

6. What happens to Maldoror when he realizes he was born evil?

7. How does Maldoror react to the sharks who swarm the capsized ship in Book II, Stanza 13?

8. In Book I Stanza 5, what is the first thing Maldoror tells the reader?

9. What happens to God when He passes out drunk on earth?

10. What happens when the grave-digger asks Maldoror about his life?

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