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. Which of the following things is not considered part of the psychological order the arcades created?

2. What struggle is examined most in Chapter 5?

3. What country did the author Nietzche hail from?

4. What does the author say supplanted the old soldier-laborer that the agrarian society depended on?

5. What does the author credit for giving a sense of time in the book in the form of a calendar?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author first describe surrealism in the book?

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

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

4. How were gas lamps first used at the arcades of Paris?

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

6. How is Nietzsche's writing style described in Chapter 4?

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

8. How does the author explain his writing method for the book in regards to the Parisian arcades?

9. Describe the face pages of Chapter 2.

10. Describe the purpose for the author using multiple fonts in Chapter 7.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's portrayal of war and its impact on society in the book. What might the author be saying about the hindrances war has on writing, and thus the ability for society to evolve, given his account of Nietzsche and Hegel at the end of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Technology is a leading theme throughout the book that is shown evolving over the course of the book. Part 1.) What role did technology have in the success of the arcades? Part 2.) How did technology harm some aspects of society and who did it affect most? Part 3.) What triumphs did the European public find from technology and what movements did it lead to?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the portrayal of urbanism in the book. What is the underlying need behind urban development, and how can it be considered prejudice given Hausmann's efforts in Paris?

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