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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 year does the author discuss Baudelaire writing to a princess?

2. What does the author say the arcade was a precursor to in modern society?

3. What is the art form that is a printed image on wood or metal?

4. What year did Au Bon Marche sell 450,000 Francs?

5. How many street cafes were in Paris in 1757?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the contents of Early Draft in Chapter 14?

2. How is the image of the omnibus described in Chapter 7?

3. How does the author first describe a convolute in the book?

4. How is the modern age first described in the book?

5. How were barricades used at the arcades in Paris?

6. How is the Commune first described in the book?

7. Describe the four groups involved in Fourier's schema.

8. How does the author discuss iron girders in Chapter 5?

9. How does the author describe the plight of European men in Chapter 9?

10. Describe the face pages of Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The arcades play a role throughout much of the book, but their presence should be taken for more than face value. Part 1.) Why does the author try and mimic his writing to the nature of the arcades with sparse bits of information given to create a whole? Part 2.) What might the author wish for the arcades to symbolize in regards to society in the 19th century? Part 3.) Does the author wish for the arcades to serve as a vehicle to tell the story of European society's evolution over time?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the proletariat with the bourgeoisie in the book. What obstacles stood between these classes that set them apart from one another?

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