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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Claude go into one of his rages after Christine leaves?
(a) because of the effect she had on him.
(b) because he had not taken advantage of her.
(c) because he lost the early morning light to paint by.
(d) because he cannot find anything she had put away.

2. Now that Sandoz is married, what role does his wife, Henriette, play in the household?
(a) she stays in the kitchen cooking the different dishes.
(b) she stays upstairs with Sandoz's mother.
(c) she sits quietly and says nothing during the meetings.
(d) she supervises the dinners and takes care of Sandoz mother.

3. Why does Sandoz not visit Claude and Christine in the country after August?
(a) he is about to publish his first novel.
(b) he is getting married.
(c) he is tired of making the trip.
(d) his mother becomes gravely ill.

4. Why do they return late to Paris?
(a) they miss their train and have to wait for the next one.
(b) they decide to stay over for the night.
(c) they make love and forget the time.
(d) they get lost in the woods and miss their train.

5. Back in Paris, Claude returns to walking the streets and leaves what up to Christine?
(a) to sell his small paintings on the streets.
(b) to find a nanny for Jacques.
(c) to look for a bigger studio to rent.
(d) to settle into the studio they have rented.

6. How has Claude's past prepared him for living in the country?
(a) he knows how easy it is to hide in the country.
(b) he remembers the fresh air of the country.
(c) he is just a country boy at heart.
(d) he returns to the nature walks he once had with Sandoz.

7. What do Claude's friends in Paris think is the ideal life for an artist?
(a) to walk the busy streets of Paris.
(b) to paint in the country but live in the city.
(c) to take up farming and give up painting.
(d) to live in the country and pile up masterpieces.

8. Although Naudet can spot a good deal, how does Claude see him?
(a) as a brilliant critic of good art.
(b) as a leech in the world of art.
(c) as a man who is completely indifferent to good painting.
(d) as an opportunist who cares little about artists.

9. What does Christine do just before the deadline to enter a painting at the Salon?
(a) she poses in a wet sheet for Claude.
(b) she urges him to use Irma as a model.
(c) she buys him a new set of paints.
(d) she removes her clothes and poses nude for Claude.

10. Why does Christine resist sightseeing in Paris with Claude?
(a) she worries he will take her to a hotel.
(b) she worries she will lose track of time.
(c) she worries she might run into her employer.
(d) she still worries about being out with a man.

11. What convinces Claude he still has a vestige of romanticism in his veins?
(a) his love of romantic literature.
(b) his desire to see Christine again.
(c) his interest in a quaint Paris street.
(d) his desire to paint for tourists.

12. Who now has a mansion near Claude's and Christine's cottage?
(a) Irma Bécot.
(b) the Margaillan family.
(c) Bongrand.
(d) Pierre Sandoz.

13. Why were girls not allowed in their group of friends back in the village?
(a) because of their shyness.
(b) because they were in an all boys school.
(c) because of their dislike of girls.
(d) because they slept on the ground overnight.

14. What is Bongrand's lament about art dealers?
(a) that artists have no chance to improve.
(b) that art has become important to the rich.
(c) that artists get no credit for their work.
(d) that art is fought over by bank notes.

15. What makes Claude and Sandoz become exasperated with stupidity of the crowd?
(a) people eating in the Salon.
(b) their apparent lack of taste.
(c) the sound of laughter.
(d) the pushing and shoving.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why has the herbalist's shop seen better days?

2. How does Christine re-enter Claude's life?

3. Who is the ugly family walking along with Dubuche?

4. What does Sandoz usually have with him when he goes out?

5. Who is Jory looking for when he bumps into Claude?

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