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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 did the idea of public exhibition of goods occur in France?

2. What is the later date of the face page of the expose used in Chapter 2?

3. What subjects did Baudelaire believe the future of literature would rely on?

4. What decade did the arcades first emerge in France?

5. What decade does the author cover in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the sales of the arcade shops described during the mid 1800s?

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

3. How are fonts first discussed in the book?

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

5. Describe the face pages of Chapter 2.

6. How does the author describe the importance of manufacturing in Chapter 3?

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

8. How is romanticism first described in the book?

9. How does the author describe imagination at the end of Chapter 6?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Education is an important theme discussed by the author who is able to show the affects of improving Europe's educational system. Part 1.) How did the author show the evolution of the educational system in Europe? Part 2.) How did those is the public alter their way of living after education was improved; i.e. shop owners becoming more educated in various art forms to better serve customers? Part 3.) How does the bohemian culture help portray the affects of being well educated and the benefits it can have on society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of fantasy presented in the book. What role did the creation of fantasy within areas like the arcades play in the way others viewed society in Europe? Why did vendors feel the need to create such fantasy?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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