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

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

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

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

5. What does the poet say the first man died of "Evening Twilight"?
(a) Illness.
(b) Fear.
(c) Old age.
(d) Madness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the narrator suggest people should buy toys in "The Toy of the Poor"?

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

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

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

5. In "To Each His Chimera", what color is the sky?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator see in the jester's eyes in "The Fool and Venus"?

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

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

4. What happens after the glazier leaves the man's room in "The Bad Glazier"?

5. Why does the fairy become upset with the tradesman in "The Fairies' Gift"?

6. In "The Widows", what does the narrator see when he follows the woman?

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

8. Why does "The Foreigner" end with a comment about clouds?

9. What are some of the things the narrator is upset with in "At One in the Morning"?

10. In "The Old Woman's Despair", how does the old woman feel after visiting the baby?

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