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 suggests they go away somewhere to be happy, what is Claude's reply?

2. What does Claude blame Christine for when his painting does not come out the way he wants?

3. Who takes charge of the funeral and getting Christine to the hospital?

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

5. Whose painting called The Lunch Party is a slick, commercial imitation of Claude's open air style?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of The Development of the Rift Between Claude and Christine. Using this line from the end of Chapter 8--"Never again would they be all-in-all to each other; the rift between them could never be healed. The wife had despoiled the mistress, and marriage seems to have done away with love." Explain in the essay what Zola means by those statements.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the topic of Claude Lantier's Reverence for Nude Women in Art. The three specific areas of the novel that deal with this topic should be the main points of your essay: (1) looking at Christine posing nude for the first time, Zola says that Claude's "heart pounded in his breast as it might have done in the presence of a naked saint." (2) Zola later tells the reader that Claude saw his nude woman in his paintings as a symbol for Paris. (3) Finally, Claude is unable to recapture the woman in his final painting and ultimately commits suicide for the love of her.

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