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. Back in Paris, Claude returns to walking the streets and leaves what up to Christine?

2. What happens when the young woman wakes up?

3. When was the beginnings of the Bohemian lifestyle of Claude and Pierre?

4. Why do they return late to Paris?

5. Now that Sandoz is married, what role does his wife, Henriette, play in the household?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Claude attempt to make Christine happy once again?

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

4. What is another evidence of how the Open air group is drifting apart?

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

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

7. Describe how Claude begins to change his attitude toward living in the country.

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

9. In what way does the reader understand that Claude is first and foremost an artist?

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

Essay 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 the move toward realism in the modern novel. Using Sandoz as the fictional representation of Zola himself, point out the specifics in THE MASTERPIECE that started the move toward more honesty and openness in novels during the late 19th century. Include reasons that living artists of the day objected to THE MASTERPIECE.

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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