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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "The Double Room", what does the narrator describe about the room?
(a) The people inside.
(b) The physical appearance.
(c) The nature outside the room.
(d) The feelings he has about the room.

2. In "The Wild Woman and the Little Mistress", what bothers the narrator about the woman?
(a) She is poor.
(b) She whines.
(c) Her clothes are dirty.
(d) Her sister.

3. In "To Arsène Houssaye", what does Baudelaire say this work lacks?
(a) Sophistication.
(b) The touches of an editor.
(c) A head or tail.
(d) Common sense.

4. What does the poor child play with in "The Toy of the Poor"?
(a) A cup.
(b) A puppet.
(c) A rat.
(d) A dollar bill.

5. Why does Baudelaire mention clouds in "The Foreigner"?
(a) Because they send rain.
(b) Because they are not human.
(c) Because they represent God.
(d) Because they are loved.

6. In "The Clock", how do the Chinese tell time using cats?
(a) They have them stare in the sun.
(b) They pet them.
(c) They look into their eyes.
(d) They watch their tails.

7. How does the narrator feel at the end of "Cake"?
(a) Proud.
(b) Confused.
(c) Disappointed.
(d) Excited.

8. In "The Old Mountebank", what does the narrator first notice about the mountebank?
(a) His wares for sale.
(b) His level of poverty.
(c) His smile.
(d) His tall hat.

9. In "The Bad Glazier", why does the narrator suppose demons take over people?
(a) Because God is not in all men.
(b) Because they cannot explain their actions.
(c) Because everyone he knows acts possessed.
(d) Because he believes people are good.

10. In "The Double Room", what wakes the narrator from his dream?
(a) A knock.
(b) A clap of thunder.
(c) A woman yelling.
(d) The rising sun.

11. In "The Bad Glazier", why does the narrator's friend start a forest fire?
(a) Because he falls asleep while smoking a cigar.
(b) To see how quickly it spread.
(c) It is an accident.
(d) To frighten his wife.

12. What or whom does the narrator of "The Clock" name Feline?
(a) A cat.
(b) A woman.
(c) A dog.
(d) A Chinese neighbor.

13. Of whom does the she-devil in "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame" remind the narrator?
(a) A snake.
(b) A woman in the pubs.
(c) Something gone bad.
(d) His mother.

14. What season does the poet reflect upon in "The Artist's Confiteor"?
(a) Spring.
(b) Fall.
(c) Winter.
(d) Summer.

15. Why does the narrator suggest people should buy toys in "The Toy of the Poor"?
(a) To give to unknown children.
(b) To learn to invent toys.
(c) To encourage more people to play.
(d) To keep the economy moving.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who chooses the gifts the children receive in "The Fairies' Gifts"?

2. How many devils visit the narrator of "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame"?

3. In "The Widows", why is the woman by the gate not allowed in the concert?

4. What happens to the mountebank in "The Old Mountebank"?

5. Why do the fairies in "The Fairies' Gifts" have to work quickly?

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