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. What do Claude and Christine plan to do?

2. What is the condition of the clothes the young artists wear?

3. Although Bongrand now only paints what interests him, why can the Beaux-Arts not overlook him?

4. To whom does Christine turn to help get Claude out of his depression?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the neglect of Jacques symbolized?

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

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

5. In what way is Christine's response to their love making a believable part of the story?

6. Describe the irony when Christine finally agrees to walk with Claude in public.

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

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

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

10. What is it that frightens Christine about Claude?

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 Belief in the Intelligence of the Public. Point one of the essay should include the various reactions to Claude's Open Air painting. Point two should bring in an example like the reaction of the public to the invention of the airplane. Point three should be a more philosophical evaluation of public opinion in general.

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 an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of art in the grotesque. Discuss how the painting of the Dead Child is, in fact, a serious work of art. How does this address the idea that the purpose of art is not limited to being pretty. How should a person look at a work like the Dead Child? Why would Claude, the artist, not understand how such a painting could be ignored and dismissed?

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