Lautréamont's Maldoror: Translated by Alexis Lykiard Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does the hermaphrodite live?

2. What happens to the victims of the capsized ship in Book II, Stanza 13?

3. What does Maldoror beg the toad for in Book I, Stanza 13?

4. Why does Maldoror say he continued to pray as a child in Book II, Stanza 12?

5. What does the toad say Maldoror should do if he is so smart?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Maldoror tell men to stop worshiping an insect god?

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

3. In Book 1, Stanza 8, why does Maldoror say he is like dogs?

4. When Mario and Maldoror travel together in Book III, what do they talk about?

5. How was Maldoror's childhood deafness cured?

6. In Book II, Stanza 12, what does Maldoror say about praying as a child?

7. What does the narrator say in Book I, Stanza 14?

8. At the end of Book II, what does the narrator say his poem might cause?

9. In Book III, Stanza 5, how does God describe His experience in the brothel?

10. Why does Maldoror praise mathematics in Book II, Stanza 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast at least two of Maldoror's victims and consider what each victim represents. Why would the author use this juxtaposition?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the theme of morality in this poem. What is Lautréamont's message? Give examples from the poem to support your statements about morality.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the theme of evil throughout "Lautréamont's Maldoror." Discuss how these themes are presented and how free will is part of evil or goodness, giving examples from the text of the choices that a person can make.

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