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. When does Claude finally break down and admit his hurt and disappointment?

2. When Claude meets Dubuche on his way to the Margaillan house, why does he invite Dubuche for a visit?

3. Why is Claude told not to bring Christine to the Thursday night dinners?

4. After renewing his association with Sandoz, what is Claude incessantly talking about?

5. Who is the friend now enrolled at the Beaux-Arts?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Claude told not to bring Christine to the Thursday night gatherings?

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

4. How does Zola show that the young woman is a proper young lady and not a trollop as Claude suspects?

5. Describe the friendship between Claude, Sandoz, and Dubuche.

6. Describe Claude's continuing struggle to be accepted by the art circles in Paris.

7. How does the atmosphere of the country begin to change for Claude and Christine?

8. How does the foreshadowed tragedy come to pass?

9. How is history repeated with Claude and his huge canvas?

10. Explain how Sandoz maintains his artistic integrity with his novels.

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 Belief in the Intelligence of the Public. Point one of the essay should include the various reactions to Claude's Open Air painting. Point two should bring in an example like the reaction of the public to the invention of the airplane. Point three should be a more philosophical evaluation of public opinion in general.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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