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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's vocation?
(a) he is a musician composing new music.
(b) he is a writer aspiring to sell his first novel.
(c) he is a mathematician who loves art.
(d) he is a sculptor doing garden gnomes.

2. Who is the friend now enrolled at the Beaux-Arts?
(a) Christine.
(b) Pierre.
(c) Irma.
(d) Fagerolles.

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

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

5. What is Claude thinking about as he walks home late at night?
(a) a woman he met walking in the rain.
(b) his unfinished canvas in his studio.
(c) how he is going to pay his rent.
(d) his friends he hasn't seen lately.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Claude see who pretends he has not seen Claude's painting?

3. How does Zola paint Claude Lantier's angst?

4. Why does Christine pack up everything to return to Paris?

5. What is Chaîne working on while the others visit in Mahoudeau's studio?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the difference between Sandoz and Jory as writers.

2. Discuss Claude's conversations with Christine that show he is more and more dissatisfied.

3. How have the fortunes turned for Irma Bécot?

4. How does Zola show the domestic side of Christine?

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

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

7. What is it that frightens Christine about Claude?

8. How does Claude exhibit manic behavior during the night?

9. In what way is Christine's response to their love making a believable part of the story?

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

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