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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. 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.

2. What is the condition of the clothes the young artists wear?
(a) down at the heel boots and threadbare jackets.
(b) purely rustic country style clothing.
(c) formal attire even in the daytime.
(d) stuffily overdone.

3. Where does Irma say Fagerolles and Jory grew out of?
(a) the same cabbage patch.
(b) the same gap in the pavement.
(c) the same mansion in the country.
(d) the same school of ambitious thought.

4. Why does Sandoz not visit Claude and Christine in the country after August?
(a) he is tired of making the trip.
(b) he is about to publish his first novel.
(c) his mother becomes gravely ill.
(d) he is getting married.

5. Who is the art dealer who has made a fortune out of buying pieces and manipulating their prices?
(a) Naudet.
(b) Malgras.
(c) Jory.
(d) Irma.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is the friend now enrolled at the Beaux-Arts?

3. How has Jory stirred up the Paris art scene?

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

5. How does Claude often see himself artistically?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is history repeated with Claude and his huge canvas?

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

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

5. Describe the attraction Jory has developed for Mathilde.

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

7. Explain the result of Claude's and Christine's visit to the country.

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

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

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

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