The Masterpiece Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Claude see who pretends he has not seen Claude's painting?

2. Why is Christine able to come to Paris from Passy?

3. How long does Christine stay away after her first return visit to Claude's studio?

4. What self imposed time limit has Claude put on finishing his painting called Open Air?

5. How does Claude behave around Christine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Sandoz know that there is trouble brewing as the group of friends go out after the Salon?

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

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

6. How is Sandoz, the one character besides Claude who remains steadfast to the revolt against romanticism, able to remain steadfast to their revolutionary ideas?

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

8. What happens when Sandoz takes Claude back to visit the country where he once lived?

9. Describe Claude's behavior after the Salon.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Getting to the Top. Using Bongrand as an authority, the essay should center on his statement that the "greatest satisfaction was not being at the top, but in getting there." The essay may also include more modern examples of more modern celebrities who rose to the top of their fields only to end up in obscurity.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Provencal Morality in the 19th century. In the essay points, include (1) public opinion of single women seen in the company of young men, (2) public acceptance of a courtesan but detesting a trollop, (3) double standards for men and women.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of symbolism in painting. Note in your essay that the nude woman in Claude's paintings represented something in his mind that completely went over the heads of the public. Since classic painting and sculpture had represented the nude body for centuries, what was it about Claude's nude figures that caused the public to laugh at his work?

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