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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 emotions does Baudelaire tie to gold?
(a) Love.
(b) Passion.
(c) Fear.
(d) Hatred.

2. In "The Widows", who does the narrator say visits public parks?
(a) People who are crippled by life.
(b) Women who can no longer think.
(c) Men who long for nature.
(d) Children who need to breathe free.

3. What word does Baudelaire use to describe clouds in "The Foreigner"?
(a) Dramatic.
(b) Painful.
(c) Dark.
(d) Wonderful.

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

5. Why does the narrator suggest people should buy toys in "The Toy of the Poor"?
(a) To encourage more people to play.
(b) To give to unknown children.
(c) To learn to invent toys.
(d) To keep the economy moving.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Wild Woman and the Little Mistress", what does the narrator describe as being in an iron cage?

2. In "To Arsène Houssaye", what does the author say reading Aloysius Bertrand made him want to do?

3. Why does the narrator offer food to the strange man in "Cake"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Baudelaire say about the night in "Evening Twilight"?

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

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

4. What happens when the dog smells perfume in "The Dog and The Vial"?

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

6. What are the voices discussing in "The Foreigner"?

7. In "A Hemisphere in Her Hair", what can be seen in black hair?

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

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

10. Why does the narrator of "Invitation to the Voyage" want to travel?

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