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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. Where does Claude go for a cheap lunch?

2. What ironic switch in attitude occurs when Christine finally agrees to go in public with Claude?

3. Who is Mathilde Jabouille?

4. How does love win out over practicality?

5. Rejected for the Prix de Rome, what is Fagerolles now painting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Claude's behavior after the Salon.

3. What is it that frightens Christine about Claude?

4. As the character of Claude develops in the novel, what appears to be his greatest fault?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Claude as Pygmalion. The points in the essay should incorporate the objective way Claude looks at Christine as his nude model and the passion with which he tries to bring the woman in the painting to life. It should point out how Christine seems to fade away as the woman in the painting becomes Claude's passion. His Pygmalion attempts at creating this perfect woman cause even his friends to say that she should come alive so he could make love to her. Express how his obsession begins to make you feel as a reader.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Artistic Procrastination. In the essay, analyze the first summer for Claude and Christine in the country. (1) There is no end to the sights that inspire Claude. (2) Christine worries that she is keeping him from his work to which he responds, "...just you wait till tomorrow, you'll see what I can do." (3) The ways Zola describes Claude's summer of working in "fits and starts."

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