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. Where does Irma say Fagerolles and Jory grew out of?

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

3. How does Claude think Irma has changed?

4. What self imposed time limit has Claude put on finishing his painting called Open Air?

5. In spite of opposition, how does Sandoz continue to write?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the reader know that Christine has been thinking of Claude since the night she spent in his studio?

2. Why does Christine turn to Sandoz to help pull Claude out of one of his depressions?

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

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

5. What is the showdown between Christine and the nude woman in Claude's painting?

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

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

8. How does Sandoz know that there is trouble brewing as the group of friends go out after the Salon?

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

10. How do praise and laughter demonstrate Claude's personal insecurities at the Salon des Refusés?

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 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 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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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