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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 was the occupation of Mahoudeau before he came to Paris?
(a) a stone cutter.
(b) a school teacher.
(c) a blacksmith.
(d) a grocer.

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

3. What does she notice about Claude's Open Air painting?
(a) the nude woman's body looks like hers.
(b) there is no body under the head of a nude woman.
(c) there is no head on the body of a nude woman.
(d) her head has been painted on the body of a nude woman.

4. What causes Claude and Pierre to nudge each other in front of the Herbal Shop?
(a) their friend, Mahoudeau, coming out of the shop.
(b) the smell coming from the shop.
(c) the thin and dark woman staring at them from the shop.
(d) the ugly sculpture of a starving child.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Christine do just before the deadline to enter a painting at the Salon?

2. What suggestion does Pierre make to Claude about Christine?

3. Although Naudet can spot a good deal, how does Claude see him?

4. Where does Irma say Fagerolles and Jory grew out of?

5. What is Pierre Sandoz doing for Claude?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Claude's behavior after the Salon.

2. What indicates that Claude would be perfectly happy just to see Christine from time to time rather than have her move in with him?

3. Aside from the poverty of Claude's studio, how does the reader come to understand how poor Claude actually is?

4. How do Christine and Claude react differently to tragedy?

5. In what way does the reader understand that Claude is first and foremost an artist?

6. Describe the mood at the beginning of the novel.

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

8. How has Fagerolles become swallowed up by the commercial world of art?

9. How is the neglect of Jacques symbolized?

10. How is history repeated with Claude and his huge canvas?

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