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

2. What are the needs of Jory that Mathilde fulfills so easily?

3. Who is the art dealer who has made a fortune out of buying pieces and manipulating their prices?

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

5. What does the young woman think about the art she sees in the studio?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As the character of Claude develops in the novel, what appears to be his greatest fault?

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

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

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

6. Describe the irony when Christine finally agrees to walk with Claude in public.

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

8. How does the foreshadowed tragedy come to pass?

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

10. How does Dubuche's appearance at the Thursday night gathering indicate his ultimate destruction as an avant-guarde architect?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a critique of the novel. Discuss Zola's style and use of language, giving specific examples. Include the autobiographical nature of Sandoz as Zola himself. Express how you feel about the suspense of the novel and whether it makes you not want to put it down. Conclude with your recommendation for others to read THE MASTERPIECE.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of art in the grotesque. Discuss how the painting of the Dead Child is, in fact, a serious work of art. How does this address the idea that the purpose of art is not limited to being pretty. How should a person look at a work like the Dead Child? Why would Claude, the artist, not understand how such a painting could be ignored and dismissed?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of The Tragedy of Dubuche. The main points of the essay are (1) why Dubuche was successful at the studio of Duquersonnière, (2) why he failed after joining with Margaillan, and (3) what he was reduced to after failing as an architect.

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