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 convinces Claude he still has a vestige of romanticism in his veins?

2. What does Bongrand do before Claude sees his work hanging in the Salon des Refusés?

3. Why do they return late to Paris?

4. What reawakens in Claude and Sandoz with their renewed friendship?

5. Who does Claude see who pretends he has not seen Claude's painting?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way do some of Claude's friends add to his personal insecurity?

2. How have things changed for Fagerolles?

3. What is Claude's behavior after a party at Sandoz's house that alarms Christine?

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

5. Explain why Christine refuses to go sightseeing with Claude on the streets of Paris.

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

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

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

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

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

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 Development of the Rift Between Claude and Christine. Using this line from the end of Chapter 8--"Never again would they be all-in-all to each other; the rift between them could never be healed. The wife had despoiled the mistress, and marriage seems to have done away with love." Explain in the essay what Zola means by those statements.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Zola's Use of Simile in THE MASTERPIECE. Going through the novel, pick out three similes that particularly impress you and build your essay around those. (For example, Zola refers to life in the "secluded little mansion in smooth and regular as the gentle ticking of its antiquated clocks.") Points of the essay should include (1) why you chose the similes, (2) how they made a passage clearer, and (3) how easy they are to understand.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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