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

2. What gift does Christine send Claude just before his opening in the Salon des Refusés?

3. How does Claude often see himself artistically?

4. How has Claude's past prepared him for living in the country?

5. Where does Claude go for a cheap lunch?

Short Essay Questions

1. Aside from the poverty of Claude's studio, how does the reader come to understand how poor Claude actually is?

2. After returning to Paris, what indicates that Claude is taking Christine for granted and no longer has a romantic love for her?

3. How does Claude attempt to make Christine happy once again?

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

5. Discuss the Salon des Refusés.

6. What is it that frightens Christine about Claude?

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

8. How does Dubuche's appearance at the Thursday night gathering indicate his ultimate destruction as an avant-guarde architect?

9. How does the reader understand that Claude earns a subsistence?

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 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."

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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