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 does Bongrand have to say about Fagerolles's painting?

2. Who do Claude, Pierre, and Jory find sitting at a table making sketches with drops of beer?

3. What makes Claude and Sandoz become exasperated with stupidity of the crowd?

4. What is Pierre Sandoz's vocation?

5. What does an old man in the woods offer Claude and Christine?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the foreshadowed tragedy come to pass?

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

3. Discuss the Salon des Refusés.

4. How is the decision made to return to Paris?

5. Describe how Claude begins to change his attitude toward living in the country.

6. What is the scene in the the Café Baudequin that adds to the image of defeat for the open air school of thought?

7. How does Claude hurt Christine deeply with his complaint about her dinner?

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

9. Describe how Claude further distances himself from Christine and Jacques.

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

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 The Decadent Bourgeois. The essay should center on Margaillan and include (1) his ill-gotten wealth, (2) his conspicuous spending, and (3) his disrespectful manner while viewing Claude's painting at the Salon des Refusés.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Provencal Morality in the 19th century. In the essay points, include (1) public opinion of single women seen in the company of young men, (2) public acceptance of a courtesan but detesting a trollop, (3) double standards for men and women.

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