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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 she notice about Claude's Open Air painting?

2. Ready to leave, what does the young woman do?

3. Where does Claude want to exhibit his painting?

4. Rejected for the Prix de Rome, what is Fagerolles now painting?

5. What ironic switch in attitude occurs when Christine finally agrees to go in public with Claude?

Short Essay Questions

1. How have the fortunes turned for Irma Bécot?

2. What is the showdown between Christine and the nude woman in Claude's painting?

3. Explain the result of Claude's and Christine's visit to the country.

4. What happens when Sandoz takes Claude back to visit the country where he once lived?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay 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 symbolism in painting. Note in your essay that the nude woman in Claude's paintings represented something in his mind that completely went over the heads of the public. Since classic painting and sculpture had represented the nude body for centuries, what was it about Claude's nude figures that caused the public to laugh at his work?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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