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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is ironic about Henry's getting money from Peckover?
(a) Peckover is Sylvester's cousin.
(b) Peckover cannot remember where he met Henry.
(c) He and Henry have a long standing feud.
(d) He is almost as impoverished as Henry.

2. How does Henry sum up his idea of le bel aujourd'hui?
(a) Sunshine and lilacs all year long
(b) No memories, no suffering, no interruptions
(c) Sitting down to a good meal daily
(d) No sorrows, no regrets, no past, no future

3. How does Henry say he knows Nanantatee?
(a) They met at the Dome.
(b) They met on the ship coming from America.
(c) They met in New York.
(d) Boris introduced them.

4. What does the American woman inquire about that astonishes Henry?
(a) The view
(b) The toilet
(c) The heating system
(d) The furniture

5. Sleeping on a mattress in the hall, what is Henry's troubled dream?
(a) Germaine forcing him to marry her when she gets pregnant.
(b) The dancers and audience of Follies-Bergere all naked and scratching fleas.
(c) Boris, Carl, and Tania laughing at him in the Louvre.
(d) The Mona Lisa scratching herself to get rid of bedbugs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who helps get Henry out of Nanantatee's apartment much of the time?

2. Who comprises the communal life with Henry?

3. What surrounds Henry on his walk on the Rue de Buci?

4. How does Kelpi make his living?

5. Who does Henry praise for putting her whole soul into her whoring?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry leave the apartment when Boris sits down to eat?

2. How does Henry define health that he equates with optimism?

3. What does Serge promise in lieu of a big Russian meal each day?

4. How does Henry describe the book on which he is working?

5. What does Henry know about Walter Pach?

6. Why does Henry go so often to the American Express office?

7. How does Henry get away from Serge?

8. What importance does Henry place on both the past and the future?

9. How does Henry contrast a merry-go-round and the Germans?

10. Why is Henry so generous with his praise of the prostitute Germaine?

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