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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. Although frequently inspired by what he sees in the country, how does Claude react?

2. What does Claude recognize about the group that still comes together for the Thursday night soirees?

3. How is Claude received at Duquersonnièr's studio?

4. What is Claude thinking about as he walks home late at night?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Claude's conversations with Christine that show he is more and more dissatisfied.

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

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

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

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

6. How does Claude exhibit manic behavior during the night?

7. How have things changed for Fagerolles?

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

9. What is the pathos of Claude's funeral?

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

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 Jacques as Possibly Autistic. Re-read the passage in the middle of Chapter 8 where Jacques keeps repeating "nice cat, naughty cat." Discuss his behavior as possibly being that of an autistic child. Include in the essay both Claude's and Christine's reactions to the scene as people who do not know how to deal with such a child. Conclude with Jacques's reaction to Claude's outburst. Autism was not a recognizable disability in the 19th century, so is this possibly Zola's observation of such behavior without giving it a name?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Getting to the Top. Using Bongrand as an authority, the essay should center on his statement that the "greatest satisfaction was not being at the top, but in getting there." The essay may also include more modern examples of more modern celebrities who rose to the top of their fields only to end up in obscurity.

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