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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 Pierre Sandoz doing for Claude?
(a) paying his rent on the studio.
(b) posing for the man in his painting.
(c) bringing him food when he is broke.
(d) advising him on how to paint.

2. Who does Claude see who pretends he has not seen Claude's painting?
(a) Irma.
(b) Fagerolles.
(c) Dubuche.
(d) Mahoudeau.

3. What self imposed time limit has Claude put on finishing his painting called Open Air?
(a) six months.
(b) one year.
(c) nine months.
(d) six weeks.

4. How do the young men of the Open Air movement see themselves?
(a) as successful artists.
(b) as misunderstood prophets.
(c) as conquerors of Paris.
(d) as lost in a wasteland.

5. What is the condition of the clothes the young artists wear?
(a) down at the heel boots and threadbare jackets.
(b) formal attire even in the daytime.
(c) purely rustic country style clothing.
(d) stuffily overdone.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Claude go for a cheap lunch?

2. Why does Claude start going out alone to paint leaving Christine in the cottage?

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. How has Claude's past prepared him for living in the country?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zola show that the young woman is a proper young lady and not a trollop as Claude suspects?

2. Describe Claude's behavior after the Salon.

3. Explain how Sandoz maintains his artistic integrity with his novels.

4. As the character of Claude develops in the novel, what appears to be his greatest fault?

5. How does Sandoz know that there is trouble brewing as the group of friends go out after the Salon?

6. Describe the friendship between Claude, Sandoz, and Dubuche.

7. How does Dubuche's appearance at the Thursday night gathering indicate his ultimate destruction as an avant-guarde architect?

8. Explain how Claude turns on Christine as the reason his grand painting is not coming together for him.

9. How does the reader understand that Claude earns a subsistence?

10. How does Claude attempt to make Christine happy once again?

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