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. Which friends of Claude's show up at the funeral?

2. How does Christine confront Claude about the nude woman in his painting?

3. What is the irony of Sandoz's new house?

4. How do Claude's friends react to his latest painting?

5. Why does Claude do a smaller version of his large painting?

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 Artistic Procrastination. In the essay, analyze the first summer for Claude and Christine in the country. (1) There is no end to the sights that inspire Claude. (2) Christine worries that she is keeping him from his work to which he responds, "...just you wait till tomorrow, you'll see what I can do." (3) The ways Zola describes Claude's summer of working in "fits and starts."

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Foreshadowing Claude's Death. In Chapter 11, there are passages where Sandoz fears for Claude's life, Christine has a "dread she dared not put into words," and Claude recognizes "desire hovering on the brink of blissful death." With those as the main points of the essay, write about what each of them means as a foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of art in the grotesque. Discuss how the painting of the Dead Child is, in fact, a serious work of art. How does this address the idea that the purpose of art is not limited to being pretty. How should a person look at a work like the Dead Child? Why would Claude, the artist, not understand how such a painting could be ignored and dismissed?

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