Lautréamont's Maldoror: Translated by Alexis Lykiard Test | Final 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. In Book IV, Stanza 3, what does the man in the gallows wife want from his mother?

2. Why does the man with webbed feet swim toward Maldoror?

3. In Book V, Stanza 6, how do the child's family members define Maldoror?

4. In Book V, Stanza 4, what is the spirit trying to do to the narrator's soul?

5. How does Maldoror feel about the man with the stolen eyes in Book IV, Stanza 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Maldoror always remember Falmer?

2. What have men done to Maldoror in Book IV, Stanza 4?

3. How does Maldoror compare himself to the man with stolen eyes in Book IV, Stanza 5?

4. How does Maldoror's letter to Mervyn impact Mervyn?

5. In Book IV, Stanza 2, what is Maldoror's conflict with humanity?

6. In Book VI, Stanza 4, what does Maldoror learn from listening in at Mervyn's door?

7. What happened when Maldoror fell asleep on the cliff in Book IV, Stanza 6?

8. Why does the man in Book IV, Stanza 7 live at sea?

9. What happens at the child's funeral in Book V, Stanza 6?

10. Who is Elsseneur?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the poet's use of a narrator and double narration. Define narrator and double narration and discuss both the benefits and drawbacks to writing a poem with these points of view.

Essay Topic 2

Research Lautréamont's life and period in which he lived. How does this history impact the poem? Make sure you reference secondary sources and give specific examples of the impact on the poem.

Essay Topic 3

How is "Lautréamont's Maldoror" a critique of Christianity? Give examples of Christian themes or symbols used by the author and their implications.

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