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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 does Baudelaire say he feels about solitude in "Solitude"?
(a) He thinks it is good for women.
(b) He does not care about it either way.
(c) He thinks it is bad for men.
(d) He prefers it.

2. How is the woman as a painting subject described in "The Desire to Paint"?
(a) A troubled face.
(b) A sleeping bear.
(c) A large void.
(d) A black star.

3. Where do the men leave in the beginning of "Counterfeit Money"?
(a) An inn.
(b) A church.
(c) A town hall.
(d) A tobacco shop.

4. According to the poet in "The Thyrsus", who gets to use the thyrsus?
(a) Children.
(b) Queens.
(c) Priests.
(d) Lords.

5. In "Portraits of Mistresses", why does the man with the mistress who is willing to please break up with her?
(a) Because she found no pleasure for herself.
(b) Because he found a new mistress.
(c) Because she was getting too old.
(d) She broke up with him.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Already!" how many suns have set according to the narrator?

2. How does Baudelaire describe the thyrsus in "The Thyrsus"?

3. In "The Soup and the Clouds", how does the man's wife break his daydream?

4. In "Get Yourself Drunk", what does Baudelaire say slavery is?

5. In "Counterfeit Money", what does the man call his friend's stupidity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the thyrsus?

2. What is life like on the ship in "Already!"

3. What does Baudelaire see in the thoroughbred, in "A Thoroughbred", that no one else sees?

4. In "The Firing Range and the Graveyard", what happens to the man when he enters the graveyard?

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

6. What happens when land is spotted in "Already!"?

7. Why is the woman in "The Desire to Paint" difficult to paint?

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

9. What does the fourth boy in "Vocations" tell the others?

10. In "A Heroic Death", why is Fancioulle's life at risk?

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