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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 Chaîne working on while the others visit in Mahoudeau's studio?
(a) a picture of the old stove in the studio.
(b) a portrait of Mathilde.
(c) a wood carving of a squirrel.
(d) cooking a pot of beans.

2. Where does Claude find Ganière after the dinner at Pierre's house?
(a) sleeping under a bridge across the Seine.
(b) at their old table in the Café Baudequin.
(c) sitting alone on a park bench.
(d) walking the street in front of Irma's house.

3. What does Christine fear if Claude escorts her to the station?
(a) that he will ask to see her again.
(b) that he will try to take advantage of her.
(c) being seen with a man early in the morning.
(d) looking like a country hick.

4. What do Claude's friends in Paris think is the ideal life for an artist?
(a) to take up farming and give up painting.
(b) to live in the country and pile up masterpieces.
(c) to paint in the country but live in the city.
(d) to walk the busy streets of Paris.

5. Who do Claude, Pierre, and Jory find sitting at a table making sketches with drops of beer?
(a) Dubuche.
(b) Malgras.
(c) Christine.
(d) Fagerolles.

Short Answer Questions

1. What strange commission does Claude get from Malgras?

2. What does she notice about Claude's Open Air painting?

3. Although Sandoz's novels are selling well, what is happening in literary circles?

4. How does Claude react to Jory's comments about his painting?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do praise and laughter demonstrate Claude's personal insecurities at the Salon des Refusés?

2. How have the fortunes turned for Irma Bécot?

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

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

5. When Naudet shows up at Bongrand's studio, why does he refuse to sell him his paintings?

6. Describe Claude's continuing struggle to be accepted by the art circles in Paris.

7. Describe the image of Claude, Sandoz, Jory, and Chaîne marching through the streets of Paris.

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

9. How does the foreshadowed tragedy come to pass?

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

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