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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. After renewing his association with Sandoz, what is Claude incessantly talking about?
(a) people in Paris Christine has never known.
(b) the École des Beaux-Arts.
(c) how Mahoudeau and Chaîne killed off Jabouille.
(d) going to study in Italy.

2. Besides Jory, who else is vying for the attention of Mathilde?
(a) Bongrand and Hugo.
(b) Chaîne and Mahoudeau.
(c) Ganière and Dubuche.
(d) Pierre and Dubuche.

3. Why does Irma become angry with Claude during a visit to his studio?
(a) he rejects her as a nude model.
(b) he rejects her as an art critic.
(c) he rejects her as a lover.
(d) he rejects her as a patron.

4. How has Jory stirred up the Paris art scene?
(a) by promoting Italian art.
(b) by attacking the Studio.
(c) by praising the sidewalk artists.
(d) by praising one of Claude's paintings.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Sandoz and Dubuche see in Claude's studio that captures their attention?

2. Why does Christine resist sightseeing in Paris with Claude?

3. What is Bongrand's lament about art dealers?

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

5. What causes Claude and Pierre to nudge each other in front of the Herbal Shop?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the behavior of Dubuche foreshadow the deterioration of the Open Air group of young Bohemian artists?

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

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

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

6. What is the scene in the the Café Baudequin that adds to the image of defeat for the open air school of thought?

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

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

9. Describe how Claude begins to change his attitude toward living in the country.

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

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