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. Ready to leave, what does the young woman do?

2. Because it is Thursday, what event will take place in the evening?

3. Why does Irma become angry with Claude during a visit to his studio?

4. Who is Jory looking for when he bumps into Claude?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Christine turn to Sandoz to help pull Claude out of one of his depressions?

3. What is Claude's goal for gaining acceptance of his art?

4. Explain how Sandoz maintains his artistic integrity with his novels.

5. How does the behavior of Dubuche foreshadow the deterioration of the Open Air group of young Bohemian artists?

6. Describe the mood at the beginning of the novel.

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

8. In what way does the reader understand that Claude is first and foremost an artist?

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

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

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 Art and Art Dealers. The essay topics should include (1) Naudet who could tell which artists could make him money but had no idea about which artist could become a great painter; (2) Bongrand's accusation that art had been reduced to francs, and (3) Malgras who recognized good art but resorted to cheating the artists.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Zola's Use of Simile in THE MASTERPIECE. Going through the novel, pick out three similes that particularly impress you and build your essay around those. (For example, Zola refers to life in the "secluded little mansion in smooth and regular as the gentle ticking of its antiquated clocks.") Points of the essay should include (1) why you chose the similes, (2) how they made a passage clearer, and (3) how easy they are to understand.

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