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

2. Rejected for the Prix de Rome, what is Fagerolles now painting?
(a) houses.
(b) copies of Claude's work.
(c) postcards.
(d) slick, compromising pictures.

3. In spite of opposition, how does Sandoz continue to write?
(a) honestly and exactly as he feels.
(b) using atrange and unexplained vocabulary.
(c) copying the great literary masters.
(d) avoiding any controversial subject.

4. What does Mahoudeau tell Claude there is little market for these days?
(a) large classic statues.
(b) Grape Pickers.
(c) angels and saints.
(d) garden sculpture.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Claude think about the young woman standing on his doorstep at night?

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

4. What ironic switch in attitude occurs when Christine finally agrees to go in public with Claude?

5. What reawakens in Claude and Sandoz with their renewed friendship?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the showdown between Christine and the nude woman in Claude's painting?

2. What is the occasion when Claude first goes to the Salon to look for his painting?

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

4. When Claude finally locates his painting, how does he once again feel rejected?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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