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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Jory's excuse for not writing about anyone in the group?
(a) he thinks his endorsement would hurt them.
(b) he is waiting to spring them on the public later.
(c) he is being paid to write only about Beauz-Arts artists.
(d) they are unpopular and he is not writing for his own paper.

2. Why does Claude take the young woman to his studio?
(a) he feels he cannot leave her outside in the storm.
(b) he wants her to sleep with him.
(c) he wants to use her as a madel.
(d) he expects to hire her as a maid.

3. What style of art is preferred by the École des Beaux-Arts?
(a) Romanticism.
(b) Expressionism.
(c) Impressionism.
(d) Cubism.

4. Although Bongrand now only paints what interests him, why can the Beaux-Arts not overlook him?
(a) because of his reputation for vengeance.
(b) because of his great popularity.
(c) because of his great contributions of money.
(d) because of his earlier masterpiece.

5. Why does Claude suggest that Christine stay with Mme. Vandaze?
(a) she is old and may leave an inheritance for Christine.
(b) she is old and it is not right to leave her.
(c) she is old and may not need Christine long.
(d) she is old and may start needing her more.

6. Where does Claude go to find Dubuche, the aspiring architect?
(a) Duquersonnièr's studio.
(b) Pierre Sandoz's house.
(c) the bistro where they often meet.
(d) the École des Beaux-Arts.

7. How does Zola paint Claude Lantier's angst?
(a) by his desire to protect his paintings.
(b) by his obsession with time.
(c) by his mood swings over his painting.
(d) by his partying when he should be working.

8. When is the laughter the loudest?
(a) when they reach Marhoudeau's sculpture.
(b) when they reach Claude's picture.
(c) when they reach Dubuche's architectural drawing.
(d) when they reach Bongrand's picture.

9. What two agonies does Sandoz mention that Claude is all too familiar with?
(a) fame and poverty.
(b) criticism and doubt.
(c) time and money.
(d) torment and dispair.

10. When does Claude finally break down and admit his hurt and disappointment?
(a) when Bongrand tries to cheer him up.
(b) when he returns home and finds Christine there.
(c) when a small child begins to laugh at the painting.
(d) when he is alone with Sandoz.

11. What does Claude do the next morning as the young woman sleeps?
(a) he removes the blanket covering her.
(b) he wakes her up and sends her away.
(c) he goes out for croisants.
(d) he makes sketches of her lying in the bed.

12. Because it is Thursday, what event will take place in the evening?
(a) fireworks on the Seine.
(b) dinner at Pierre's house.
(c) the meeting of the Salon.
(d) a lecture at the Beaux-Arts.

13. How does Zola describe Irma Bécot?
(a) a trollop with the makings of a future Parisian courtesan.
(b) an important art critic of the day.
(c) a young girl being eaten alive by the city of Paris.
(d) a virginal beauty looking for a husband.

14. How does Claude think Irma has changed?
(a) from a trollop into a lady.
(b) from a common guttersnipe into a "courtesan by Titian."
(c) from a possible model into a fat disaster.
(d) from an innocent girl into a weathered hag.

15. As the novel opens, what is the condition of the weather?
(a) a dust storm.
(b) a clear, starry night.
(c) a rainstorm.
(d) a snow storm.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Claude react to Jory's comments about his painting?

2. What works are shown in the Salon des Refusés?

3. Why does Irma become angry with Claude during a visit to his studio?

4. In spite of opposition, how does Sandoz continue to write?

5. Who visits Claude while Christine is hiding behind the screen?

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