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

2. Why does the narrator not go to speak to the mountebank about his wares in "The Old Mountebank"?
(a) He does not like what he is selling.
(b) He starts talking to a woman.
(c) He does not have any money.
(d) He does not want to embarrass him.

3. What do the men say to the narrator when he asks them questions in "To Each His Chimera"?
(a) They say they do not know.
(b) They say he is too poor to talk to.
(c) They laugh.
(d) They tell him to go away.

4. How does the tradesman react to his child's gift in "The Fairies' Gifts"?
(a) He laughs at it.
(b) He demands a better gift.
(c) He tries to pay the fairy.
(d) He wants the fairy to explain it to him.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Dog and The Vial", what does the narrator say the dog resembles?

2. How is the scent of the hair in "A Hemisphere in Her Hair" described?

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

4. Why does the narrator want something of color from the glazier in "The Bad Glazier"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What pleases the narrator in "Plans" about making plans?

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

5. In "Any Where Out of the World", what does the narrator ask his soul?

6. How does the narrator of "The Old Mountebank" feel about the mountebank?

7. In "Good Dogs", how does the poet compare dogs to humans?

8. What are some of the complaints the men in "Portraits of Mistresses" have about their mistresses?

9. What is the thyrsus?

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

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