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. Which of Claude's friends do he and Christine see in the street?

2. Why were girls not allowed in their group of friends back in the village?

3. What does Christine do just before the deadline to enter a painting at the Salon?

4. How does Zola describe Irma Bécot?

5. How does Zola paint Claude Lantier's angst?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is another evidence of how the Open air group is drifting apart?

6. Describe the attraction Jory has developed for Mathilde.

7. Explain why Christine refuses to go sightseeing with Claude on the streets of Paris.

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

9. How have the fortunes turned for Irma Bécot?

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

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 Foreshadowing Claude's Death. In Chapter 11, there are passages where Sandoz fears for Claude's life, Christine has a "dread she dared not put into words," and Claude recognizes "desire hovering on the brink of blissful death." With those as the main points of the essay, write about what each of them means as a foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of The Tragedy of Dubuche. The main points of the essay are (1) why Dubuche was successful at the studio of Duquersonnière, (2) why he failed after joining with Margaillan, and (3) what he was reduced to after failing as an architect.

Essay Topic 3

Write a critique of the novel. Discuss Zola's style and use of language, giving specific examples. Include the autobiographical nature of Sandoz as Zola himself. Express how you feel about the suspense of the novel and whether it makes you not want to put it down. Conclude with your recommendation for others to read THE MASTERPIECE.

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