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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. Who is the author of the book?

2. What kinds of writings were mentioned as being part of Romanticism?

3. What is the title of Chapter 7?

4. What is the first artistic movement the author discusses in the book?

5. What was Nietzche famous for criticizing in his writings?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are fonts first discussed in the book?

2. How does the author describe the motivations for women and children to go to work from 1820-1895?

3. Describe the face pages of Chapter 2.

4. How is cumulative eyestrain described?

5. How does the author describe the upper class's inability to relate to the lower class?

6. How does the author describe the nature of Fourier's racism in Chapter 8?

7. What role does education play in the emergence of bohemians?

8. How does the author describe the workaholic actions of the poor in Chapter 12?

9. What does the author say is American's blind spot in the book?

10. Discuss the story of a man named Gavroche in the book.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The flaneur is an individual who chooses to wander a place and discover new things about themselves and the things around them. Part 1.) How did the author appear to take on the guise of a flaneur while writing this book? Part 2.) How might the author write the book in a way that makes the reader a flaneur? Part 3.) Based on the presence of the flaneur concept, what value might the author find in discovering the essence of your surroundings and truly getting to know all aspects instead of just one small area?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the portrayal of violence in the book. How does the author portray violence as necessary and useful through his accounts of street fighting and rioting in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Class struggles are a common theme found throughout the book. Part 1.) How does the author use the metaphor of street fighting to convey the class struggles of Europe? Part 2.) What boundaries does the upper class set up to ensure the failure of the lower classes? Part 3.) How do those in the lower class try and overcome their low status and become successful?

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