The Masterpiece Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Christine opens the door of the bedroom, what is Claude doing?

2. When he submits the snow scene to the Beaux-Arts Salon, what happens?

3. What is Mahoudeau's comment after the sculpture falls apart?

4. Why does Mahoudeau's sculpture fall over?

5. What does Claude seem to taunt Christine about from gossip he has heard?

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 Jacques as Possibly Autistic. Re-read the passage in the middle of Chapter 8 where Jacques keeps repeating "nice cat, naughty cat." Discuss his behavior as possibly being that of an autistic child. Include in the essay both Claude's and Christine's reactions to the scene as people who do not know how to deal with such a child. Conclude with Jacques's reaction to Claude's outburst. Autism was not a recognizable disability in the 19th century, so is this possibly Zola's observation of such behavior without giving it a name?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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