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

2. After the party at Sandoz's house, what does Christine do when Claude orders her to return home?

3. What painting is almost rejected before it is discovered to be one by a famous artist?

4. What is the site that arouses Claude's enthusiasm after failing again to be included in the Salon?

5. For a while, how does Claude make a fairly good living?

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 Claude as Pygmalion. The points in the essay should incorporate the objective way Claude looks at Christine as his nude model and the passion with which he tries to bring the woman in the painting to life. It should point out how Christine seems to fade away as the woman in the painting becomes Claude's passion. His Pygmalion attempts at creating this perfect woman cause even his friends to say that she should come alive so he could make love to her. Express how his obsession begins to make you feel as a reader.

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 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?

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