Paris to the Moon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Adam Gopnik
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Adam first hear about the bomb going off in the Left Bank?

2. What is the title of the daily sports paper in France?

3. What position did Maurice Papon have in the Gironde department?

4. What was Martha's profession?

5. Who does Gopnik trace the history of French cuisine to?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Gopnik, how is pregnancy and childbirth viewed differently in France from the U.S.?

2. Why does Gopnik think that writing is sometimes a depressing job?

3. What does Gopnik mean by the phrase "the law of Inverse Natural Appeal" in A Tale of Two Cafes?

4. Describe the ancient carousel in the Luxembourg Gardens.

5. What was the goal of the strikers in the chapter, The Strike?

6. What does Gopnik think the strike illustrates about the French way of coping with difficulties?

7. According to Gopnik, what purpose does soccer have?

8. Describe the appearance of the Balzar.

9. How does Gopnik describe the video personality, Barney?

10. Why don't people buy the one thousand outfits exhibited at the haute couture shows?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Gopnik highlight the them of transparency in "Paris to the Moon" and what specific French political stories does he draw on to communicate this theme?

Essay Topic 2

How does Gopnik use descriptive detail to further the story and strengthen themes? What types of imagery and expository statements does he use to create descriptive detail?

Essay Topic 3

Gopnik claims that he aims to examine the macro through the lens of the micro in his observation of daily French life. Describe how he does this throughout the book using at least three specific examples from the text and describing what overarching themes are established through small anecdotes.

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