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

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

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

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

5. Why does Baudelaire mention clouds in "The Foreigner"?
(a) Because they send rain.
(b) Because they are loved.
(c) Because they are not human.
(d) Because they represent God.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Widows", what do the poor do with their grief?

2. In "The Foreigner", what does Baudelaire say he does not know the latitude of?

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

4. Why does the narrator of "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame" turn down the ability to have everything of wealth?

5. Why does the artist in "The Artist's Confiteor" decide he cannot describe nature?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "To Each His Chimera", what do the chimeras make the narrator realize?

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

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

5. What are the fairies doing in "The Fairies' Gifts"?

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

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

8. In "The Double Room", what does the narrator dream about?

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

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

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