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 does Saint-Loup do when his military leave ends?

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

3. In "Seascape, with Frieze of Girls," what makes the narrator notice Albertine?

4. What does Elstir do to help the narrator meet Albertine?

5. What does Alix think of Mme. de Villeparisis's picture of the Duchesse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens the first time the narrator sees the group of six girls in "Seascap, with Frieze of Girls"?

2. What treatments are recommended for the grandmother in "Guermantes Way, Part I continued"?

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

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

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

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

7. What happens the first time the narrator meets Albertine?

8. How does M. de Charlus feel about the narrator's grandmother in "Place-Names: The Place, Part II"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what happens to end the relationship between the narrator's family and Uncle Adolphe. Why did this happen? What does this tell the reader about the narrator's family and society? How does Uncle Adolphe's affair differ from the other affairs in this novel?

Essay Topic 2

The narrator struggles with his career as a writer in this novel, receiving advice from friends, family, and even the famous author, Bergotte. Describe the narrator's relationship with his writing and how it develops throughout the novel. How does the narrator's art of writing compare with the art of other characters? What does this mean in a novel considered to be semi-autobiographical?

Essay Topic 3

How are doctors viewed by the characters in this novel? What leads to the success of a doctor? How do the doctors in this novel affect their patients and patient's families? What images are often evoked when doctors are part of the scene? What message is the author delivering about the field of medicine in this novel?

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