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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the focus of the event taking place within the novel's prologue?
(a) Johannes.
(b) Cornelia.
(c) Marin.
(d) Nella and Johannes.

2. What is Marin's reply to the specific culinary request Nella makes upon her arrival at the Brandt house?
(a) She says that figs and sour cream foster gluttony.
(b) She says that sugar makes people's souls grow sick.
(c) She says that herring is a living being that should not be consumed.
(d) She says that dairy foods corrupt the bodily functions.

3. How does Nella locate the miniaturist who becomes a major and enigmatic part of the narrative?
(a) She sees the miniaturist's shop window and sign.
(b) Cornelia tells her about the miniaturist.
(c) She sees the miniaturist's advertisement in a catalog.
(d) Johannes tells her about the miniaturist.

4. Who is heard giggling in the shadows during Marin and Nella's first meeting?
(a) Cornelia.
(b) Johannes.
(c) Frans.
(d) Otto.

5. How does Nella feel after any conversation with Agnes?
(a) Angry.
(b) Energized.
(c) Exhausted.
(d) Inspired.

6. What is NOT an expectation of life in the Brandt household that Nella says she would do anything to remove from her head?
(a) Wealth.
(b) True love.
(c) Marriage beds.
(d) Children.

7. What object does Marin say that her family has that Nella's family does not, even though Nella's family has an "ancient pedigree" (12)?
(a) A warm, dry house.
(b) Wheat in the food cellar.
(c) Fish in their own lake.
(d) A hedge maze.

8. What feeling does Nella have upon first arriving at the Brandt house when no one will answer the door?
(a) She feels as if she should run away.
(b) She feels as if she is being made fun of.
(c) She feels as if the whole neighborhood is staring at her.
(d) She feels as if she is being watched.

9. From what language does Johannes say the dogs' names are culled?
(a) Sanskrit.
(b) German.
(c) Scandinavian.
(d) Sumatran.

10. When Nella compares Assendelft with Amsterdam, what does she decide is the only thing she can currently call her own?
(a) Johannes.
(b) The miniaturist.
(c) The cabinet house.
(d) Peebo the parakeet.

11. What is the main difference Nella sees between the maids back in Assendelft and Cornelia?
(a) Cornelia behaves with much more freedom and familiarity.
(b) Cornelia is paid three times what the maids in Assendelft are paid.
(c) Cornelia is treated more like a member of the family than the maids in Assendelft are.
(d) Cornelia behaves with much more decorum and politeness.

12. What is NOT one of the items Nella requests in her first order from the miniaturist?
(a) A piece of marzipan.
(b) A betrothal cup.
(c) A lute.
(d) A dog.

13. What object does Marin refer to as being "early to ripe, early to rot" (15) in reference to Nella's perfume?
(a) Gardenias.
(b) Lilies.
(c) Figs.
(d) Apples.

14. When Marin decides that the cabinet house is too large to stay in the hall, where does she put it?
(a) In the best kitchen.
(b) In the conservatory.
(c) In the parlor.
(d) In Nella's room.

15. What is the characteristic feature that helps everyone in the Brandt household distinguish between their dogs Rezeki and Dhana?
(a) The spot on Rezeki's ear.
(b) The spot above Dhana's eye.
(c) The spot on Dhana's belly.
(d) The spot on Rezeki's belly.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what source does the author provide both of the text's epigraphs?

2. What does the narrator list as the one object that "the reformers didn't pull down" (1)?

3. For what reason does Hole-Face say he does not and will not speak to the miniaturist?

4. What is Marin's reply when Nella asks what would happen if Agnes and Frans found out about Johannes's homosexuality?

5. Who is the only person in Nella's life who enjoys bringing up and discussing the past?

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