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

2. Who are the late comers for Sandoz's Thursday soiree?
(a) Ganière and Dubuche.
(b) Malgras and Hugo.
(c) Mahoudeau and Chaîne.
(d) Irma and Christine.

3. Although frequently inspired by what he sees in the country, how does Claude react?
(a) he complains that he has no canvases.
(b) he starts paintings but never finishes them.
(c) he lost his confidence after the Salon.
(d) he procrastinates, although Christine urges him to paint.

4. How does Claude react to Jory's comments about his painting?
(a) he is insulted.
(b) he is overjoyed.
(c) he is confused.
(d) he is aghast.

5. Where do Claude and Christine go on a short trip?
(a) to the countryside in Claude's home town.
(b) to the south of France near the sea.
(c) to Versailles.
(d) to the countryside and visit an inn called Bennecourt.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were girls not allowed in their group of friends back in the village?

2. What does Bongrand do before Claude sees his work hanging in the Salon des Refusés?

3. How does the young woman want to sleep?

4. What did the boys indulge themselves in during their youth?

5. Why is Christine able to come to Paris from Passy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that frightens Christine about Claude?

2. Describe the irony when Christine finally agrees to walk with Claude in public.

3. What is Claude's behavior after a party at Sandoz's house that alarms Christine?

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

5. What is Claude's goal for gaining acceptance of his art?

6. Why is Claude told not to bring Christine to the Thursday night gatherings?

7. How does Claude hurt Christine deeply with his complaint about her dinner?

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

9. How does the reader know that Christine has been thinking of Claude since the night she spent in his studio?

10. What is the physical evidence that Dubuche has already deserted to the enemy?

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