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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the narrator of "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame" turn down the ability to have everything of wealth?
(a) Because he does not trust the demon.
(b) Because he does not enjoy making other miserable.
(c) Because he is happy with what he has.
(d) Because he wants a better offer.

2. In the beginning of "At One in the Morning", how does the narrator feel about his life?
(a) Upset.
(b) Pleased.
(c) Amused.
(d) Disgusted.

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

4. What does the narrator ask the men in "To Each His Chimera"?
(a) When they found the chimeras.
(b) Where they are going.
(c) Who is in control.
(d) How heavy the chimeras are.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Crowds", what is the poet's gift?

2. What does Baudelaire say about friends in "The Foreigner"?

3. In "At One in the Morning", what allows the narrator to relax?

4. In "The Old Woman's Despair", why does the woman visit the baby?

5. In "The Double Room", what wakes the narrator from his dream?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the poet say about the Chinese in "The Clock"?

2. What is the "Introduction" to this collection of poems?

3. What type of person does the poet describe in "Crowds"?

4. What makes the narrator change his mind about the setting in "Cake"?

5. What does the narrator say about the concert in "The Widows"?

6. What makes the narrator pity the man in "The Fool and Venus"?

7. In "The Artist's Confiteor", why is the artist upset?

8. Why does the narrator threaten to throw the woman out in "The Wild Woman and the Little Mistress"?

9. How does the narrator of "The Toy of the Poor" say poor children are similar to rich children?

10. Why does Baudelaire include "To Arsène Houssaye" in this collection of poems?

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