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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 does the lusty Jory like about Mahoudeau's sculpture of the Grape Picker?
(a) the amount of clay used in the mold.
(b) her feet and hands.
(c) the life-like look of her face.
(d) her ample bosom and thick thighs.

2. Why does Claude take the young woman to his studio?
(a) he expects to hire her as a maid.
(b) he wants to use her as a madel.
(c) he feels he cannot leave her outside in the storm.
(d) he wants her to sleep with him.

3. What does Sandoz usually have with him when he goes out?
(a) a sack lunch.
(b) a map of Paris.
(c) a box of paints.
(d) a book of poetry.

4. What do Claude and Christine visit after they find an old boat?
(a) an artist colony nearby.
(b) several bridges in the area.
(c) the farms on the other side of the river.
(d) small islands in the river.

5. What is Bongrand's lament about art dealers?
(a) that artists have no chance to improve.
(b) that art has become important to the rich.
(c) that art is fought over by bank notes.
(d) that artists get no credit for their work.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the beginnings of the Bohemian lifestyle of Claude and Pierre?

2. What strange commission does Claude get from Malgras?

3. Where does Claude go for a cheap lunch?

4. Who is the journalist who drops in while Pierre and Claude are visiting Mahoudeau and Chaîne?

5. When does Claude finally break down and admit his hurt and disappointment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Zola's novel parallel the realism that Sandoz believes novels should portray?

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