Remembrance of Things Past Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What treatment does the grandmother use shortly before her death?

2. How much time passes between "Place-names" and "Place-Names: The Place, Part I"?

3. Who does the narrator pretend to be interested in when he really likes Albertine?

4. What is Saint-Loup intolerant of?

5. What makes Francoise change her opinion of Saint-Loup?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Bloch accompanies the narrator to see Saint-Loup to his train in "Seascape, with Frieze of Girls"?

2. How does Francoise act during the grandmother's illness?

3. While in Balbec, how does Francoise react to Mme. de Villeparisis?

4. What happens the first time the narrator meets Marquise Robert de Saint-Loup?

5. Which of Elstir's paintings catches the attention of the narrator in "Seascape, with Frieze of Girls"?

6. What does the narrator learn about Bergotte when he visits the grandmother during her illness?

7. How does the narrator feel before leaving for his trip to Balbec?

8. What happens when the narrator runs into Professor E in "Guermantes Way, Part I continued"?

9. What happens when Mme. Swann arrives at Mme. de Villeparisis's party?

10. In "Place-Names: The Place, Part II," what happens when Saint-Loup and the narrator dine with the Bloch family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the major events that occur while the narrator and his grandmother travel to Balbec. Select three places they visit and explain the importance of each. What do these places symbolize? What happens there that changes this novel? What is so significant about Balbec?

Essay Topic 2

How does Vinteuil's sonata work a symbol in this novel? What other pieces of music are symbolic? How do these symbols help to create the characters and plot?

Essay Topic 3

The narrator is almost always preoccupied with social class standing. Explain the cause and effect of this obsession. Why is social class such an important issue? How does the narrator resolve his desire to raise his class?

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