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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the renowned burial ground for romantically famous people in France?
(a) Pere la Chaise.
(b) Rue de la Temps.
(c) Bois de Boulogne.
(d) Arc de Triomphe.

2. What French location does Twain refuse to describe for fear of not doing it justice?
(a) The Louvre.
(b) Tuileries.
(c) Bois de Boulogne.
(d) Montmartre.

3. Who serves as mule attendants?
(a) Children.
(b) Priests.
(c) Vagrants.
(d) Monks.

4. What is the one thing the travelers can do to be permitted to enter the mosque?
(a) If they enter on all fours.
(b) If they learn a Moorish prayer.
(c) If they enter naked.
(d) If they convert from Christianity to Islam.

5. What does Twain think about the people of Marseilles?
(a) Their breath smells funny.
(b) They are extremely stylish.
(c) They are uncommonly snobbish.
(d) They are very laid back.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first site the group visits in Chapter 14?

2. In which cities does Twain admit not even taking notes?

3. What do the donkeys have as saddles?

4. What are the more lively sources of entertainment offered on the ship?

5. Heloise is sent to where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Twain has not been very complimentary to the cities/countries he has visited so far, and Italy is doomed to the same fate so far in Chapter 20. He lumps Italy with the other disappointments he has experienced up until that time. What indication does Twain give that he is unhappy with Italy?

2. Stuck waiting in the tiny town of Annunciation, Twain and his companions decide to attend the theater to see a famous singer perform. What happens at the performance? What does this event do for Twain's opinion of the people who have attended?

3. In Chapter 2, Twain's excitement about the trip is abundantly clear. He visits the registration office frequently for numerous reasons. Do you think his excitement is only because of the upcoming journey, or do you think there are other factors?

4. Compare/contrast American and European work ethics, as described by Twain in Chapter 19.

5. Twain has a moment of questioned faith in Chapter 6. What inspires this questioning? Is he questioning his faith or the object? Why does he question at all?

6. Twain is fascinated with Tangier. Its very foreignness entertains him inestimably. Why do you think Tangier has such an impact on Twain?

7. What impresses Twain about St. Peter's?

8. After their visit to Versailles, the travelers return to find that a "great battle" has taken place on the ship, and they have missed the events. What was the battle about, and who were the participants?

9. Twain and his friends finally reach France. However, their first stop, Marseille, is fraught with problems. What are some of these problems? Do you think that some or all of these problems could have been avoided? Why or why not?

10. On a visit to the Capuchin Convent, the group is led into a vault decorated with the bones of ancient deceased monks. What is it about this vault that so fascinates Twain?

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