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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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 Passy...as 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.

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Provencal Morality in the 19th century. In the essay points, include (1) public opinion of single women seen in the company of young men, (2) public acceptance of a courtesan but detesting a trollop, (3) double standards for men and women.

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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