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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why do the fairies in "The Fairies' Gifts" have to work quickly?
(a) They naturally move fast.
(b) They have a time limit.
(c) They will lose their powers if they slow down.
(d) The children they work with age quickly.

3. Why does the narrator follow the woman around all day in "The Widows"?
(a) She owes him money.
(b) He is fascinated with her.
(c) He thinks he knows her.
(d) She asks him to.

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

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

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

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

8. In "The Foreigner", what emotions does Baudelaire tie to gold?
(a) Hatred.
(b) Fear.
(c) Love.
(d) Passion.

9. In "A Hemisphere in Her Hair", what color hair does the poet focus on?
(a) Brown.
(b) Red.
(c) Blonde.
(d) Black.

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

11. In "The Foreigner", what does Baudelaire say about his father?
(a) He does not have one.
(b) He does not know his father.
(c) Baudelaire does not mention his father.
(d) He loves his.

12. In "The Old Woman's Despair", why does the woman visit the baby?
(a) To bless him.
(b) To feel less lonely.
(c) To make sure the mother is ok.
(d) To bring him joy.

13. In "Crowds", what does the narrator give credit to for the people who stand out in a crowd?
(a) Money.
(b) Good education.
(c) Religion.
(d) Fairies.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Wild Woman and the Little Mistress", what bothers the narrator about the woman?

2. In "To Arsène Houssaye", what does the author say reading Aloysius Bertrand made him want to do?

3. How does the tradesman react to his child's gift in "The Fairies' Gifts"?

4. In "A Joker", what does the donkey do when he sees the man?

5. In "The Toy of the Poor", what separates the rich child from the poor?

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