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 happens when the young woman wakes up?

2. Beside the clothed man and the naked women, what are the people criticizing?

3. What is Chaîne working on while the others visit in Mahoudeau's studio?

4. Who now has a mansion near Claude's and Christine's cottage?

5. What does Bongrand have to say about Fagerolles's painting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that frightens Christine about Claude?

2. Describe the image of Claude, Sandoz, Jory, and Chaîne marching through the streets of Paris.

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

4. How does the behavior of Dubuche foreshadow the deterioration of the Open Air group of young Bohemian artists?

5. What is Claude's goal for gaining acceptance of his art?

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

7. What is the occasion when Claude first goes to the Salon to look for his painting?

8. Describe the mood at the beginning of the novel.

9. Describe Claude's behavior after the Salon.

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

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 Foreshadowing Claude's Death. In Chapter 11, there are passages where Sandoz fears for Claude's life, Christine has a "dread she dared not put into words," and Claude recognizes "desire hovering on the brink of blissful death." With those as the main points of the essay, write about what each of them means as a foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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