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. Who does Jory insist that Claude go with him to see?

2. What does Christine do just before the deadline to enter a painting at the Salon?

3. What is the subject of Fagerolles's latest painting?

4. How does love win out over practicality?

5. Who is the journalist who drops in while Pierre and Claude are visiting Mahoudeau and Chaîne?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What indicates that Claude would be perfectly happy just to see Christine from time to time rather than have her move in with him?

5. How do Christine and Claude react differently to tragedy?

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

7. What is another evidence of how the Open air group is drifting apart?

8. How does the foreshadowed tragedy come to pass?

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

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

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, The Past Cannot Be Recaptured. Using the things Claude and Sandoz see in the country, the essay should explain Zola's statement, "The past was but the cemetery of our illusions: one simply stubbed one's toes on the gravestones."

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of How Sandoz and Claude See Chaîne Differently. Using the passage where they meet Chaîne at the carnival, explain how and why Sandoz sees Chaîne in a completely different light from the way Claude sees him. Explain why Sandoz sees so much clearer than Claude does.

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