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 is the condition of the clothes the young artists wear?

2. What does Christine do just before the deadline to enter a painting at the Salon?

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

4. Why does Christine resist sightseeing in Paris with Claude?

5. Which of Claude's friends do he and Christine see in the street?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Sandoz takes Claude back to visit the country where he once lived?

2. How does the foreshadowed tragedy come to pass?

3. Explain how Sandoz maintains his artistic integrity with his novels.

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

5. Describe the attraction Jory has developed for Mathilde.

6. How is Sandoz, the one character besides Claude who remains steadfast to the revolt against romanticism, able to remain steadfast to their revolutionary ideas?

7. Explain the result of Claude's and Christine's visit to the country.

8. How does Zola show the domestic side of Christine?

9. Discuss Claude's conversations with Christine that show he is more and more dissatisfied.

10. Describe the difference between Sandoz and Jory as writers.

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 How Sandoz and Claude See Chaîne Differently. Using the passage where they meet Chaîne at the carnival, explain how and why Sandoz sees Chaîne in a completely different light from the way Claude sees him. Explain why Sandoz sees so much clearer than Claude does.

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 Belief in the Intelligence of the Public. Point one of the essay should include the various reactions to Claude's Open Air painting. Point two should bring in an example like the reaction of the public to the invention of the airplane. Point three should be a more philosophical evaluation of public opinion in general.

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