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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens after the strange man in "Cake" has a piece of food?
(a) The narrator takes it back.
(b) He eats it quickly.
(c) Another man attacks him.
(d) He throws it on the ground.

2. In "The Dog and The Vial", what does the narrator say the dog resembles?
(a) The elite.
(b) Children.
(c) The public.
(d) Rats.

3. In "The Wild Woman and the Little Mistress", what does the narrator describe as being in an iron cage?
(a) A hairy monster.
(b) Himself.
(c) All women.
(d) Faith and beauty.

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

5. In "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame", what does the first demon offer the narrator?
(a) Unlimited wealth.
(b) Three wishes.
(c) To protect him for the rest of his life.
(d) To make him the lord of souls.

6. How does the narrator describe the dog after he smells the perfume in "The Dog and the Vial"?
(a) Miserable.
(b) Smelly.
(c) Admirable.
(d) Ill tempered.

7. In "The Widows", why is the woman by the gate not allowed in the concert?
(a) Because she lacks money.
(b) Because she is late.
(c) Because she has a child.
(d) Because she is poorly dressed.

8. Why does the narrator say the poor children will be wary in "The Toy of the Poor"?
(a) Because they will think they are traps.
(b) Because they fear money.
(c) Because they won't believe such luck.
(d) Because they have never known kind adults.

9. Where does the poet glimpse men in "A Hemisphere in Her Hair"?
(a) A school.
(b) A port.
(c) Market.
(d) Church.

10. How does the narrator of "The Fool and Venus" describe the day?
(a) Horrible.
(b) Wonderful.
(c) Complicated.
(d) Beautiful.

11. How does the narrator of "The Clock" describe Feline?
(a) Nervous.
(b) Pompous.
(c) Difficult.
(d) Hairy.

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

13. In "The Double Room", what does the narrator call the woman on the bed?
(a) Diva.
(b) Idol.
(c) Star.
(d) Goddess.

14. In "The Foreigner", to what is gold compared?
(a) Money.
(b) Country.
(c) God.
(d) Family.

15. In "The Old Woman's Despair", to what does the old woman compare herself?
(a) A wilted flower.
(b) A scarecrow.
(c) A setting sun.
(d) An empty house.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Foreigner", what emotion does Baudelaire discuss?

2. In "The Fool and Venus", what is the man dressed like a jester doing?

3. In "The Widows", who does the narrator say visits public parks?

4. Why does the narrator offer food to the strange man in "Cake"?

5. In "The Clock", how do the Chinese tell time using cats?

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