The Arcades Project Test | Mid-Book 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. Whose urban planning devastated the poor people of Paris in the 19th century?

2. Who does the author say had a six-foot-high gold-plated key on their business sign at the arcade?

3. What industry relied upon the success of the iron industry in the 19th century?

4. How were most weddings before the 19th century in Paris described?

5. What industry does the author say allowed for the emergence of arcades because they were booming?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the story told by Baudelaire of a 26-year-old woman's relationship with a 60-year-old man?

3. What does the author credit for the initial emergence of arcades in late 1830s France?

4. How is the drug culture of Europe discussed in Chapter 6?

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

6. How is the concept of COFFEE ROOM discussed in the book?

7. How does the author first describe the lithograph in the book?

8. How does the author describe the fate of a woman poisoner in Chapter 2?

9. How does Hausmann's urban planning affect the poor people of Paris?

10. How is the struggle between the economic and social class described in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the portrayal of work and retirement in the book. How were these two acts considered similar to one another in the European culture in the 1800s given the definition given of each term by the author?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Examine the portrayal of political institutions in the book. What reason does the author have for placing emphasis on the creation of political institutions like Communism, namely when suggesting they derived from other cultures? What message might he be saying about the nature of unity even in politics?

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