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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What gift does the fairy give the tradesman's child in "The Fairies' Gifts"?
(a) The power to love.
(b) The gift of wealth.
(c) The gift of health.
(d) The power to please.

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

3. In "To Arsène Houssaye", what does the author say reading Aloysius Bertrand made him want to do?
(a) Change his career.
(b) Become a journalist.
(c) Write a novel.
(d) Copy his style.

4. In "To Each His Chimera", how does the narrator describe the chimera on the backs of the men?
(a) That they are invisible.
(b) That they are part of the men.
(c) That they are supporting the men.
(d) That they are wings.

5. Who chooses the gifts the children receive in "The Fairies' Gifts"?
(a) The children.
(b) A beast.
(c) The fairies.
(d) The children's parents.

6. In "The Old Mountebank", how do the merchants try to get the customers' attention?
(a) They yell.
(b) With colorful signs.
(c) With free samples.
(d) They throw things at them.

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

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

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

10. In "To Each His Chimera", what color is the sky?
(a) Blue.
(b) Black.
(c) Red.
(d) Gray.

11. How many devils visit the narrator of "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame"?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Six.
(d) Four.

12. What does the strange man call "cake" in "Cake"?
(a) A cake.
(b) None of the answers is correct.
(c) A piece of bread.
(d) A slice of pie.

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

14. 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.

15. In "The Fool and Venus", at what or where does the narrator notice Venus staring?
(a) At himself.
(b) Into the distance.
(c) At the jester.
(d) To the sky.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the poor child play with in "The Toy of the Poor"?

2. What does the narrator ask the men in "To Each His Chimera"?

3. Where does the narrator of "The Dog and The Vial" get the perfume?

4. In "The Foreigner", how is beauty described?

5. How does the poet describe the words "multitude" and "solitude" in "Crowds"?

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