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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 does Henry say about Napoleon?
(a) He was once what modorf is now.
(b) It was not his military genious; it was his short stature.
(c) It was not his ideas they wanted; it was his corpse.
(d) He was sabotaged by his own lusts.

2. What is the condition of the beds in the commune?
(a) They are used by three or four people at once.
(b) They have no blankets against the cold nights.
(c) They are straw mats on a hard floor.
(d) They are crawling with bedbugs.

3. What does Marlowe want Henry and Carl to do during his absence?
(a) Pay his bar bills
(b) Write his reviews for the newspaper
(c) Stay away from his wife
(d) Send him money

4. What is Marlowe's usual trick to get out of paying a bar bill?
(a) He pretends he doesn't see the bill.
(b) He makes a quick trip to the toilet.
(c) He mumbles about leaving his wallet in other pants.
(d) He pretends he is going blind.

5. Who are most of Henry's friends in Paris?
(a) Other Americans
(b) Spaniards
(c) Waiters
(d) Jews

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes Henry feel ill when he opens the door of the commune?

2. How long has Henry's wife, Mona, been gone from Paris?

3. In what way does Henry say Carl and Boris are sufferers?

4. How are Boris and Henry planning to write THE LAST BOOK?

5. What is Henry thinking about as he walks along the Champs-Elysee?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry describe the relationship between him, Boris, and Elsa?

2. What does Elsa say bout the Englishman upstairs playing Bach?

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

4. How does Henry use sarcasm in describing Nanantatee's lavish apartment?

5. What had Henry hoped for when he met Serge?

6. What does Henry say about his escape from Serge?

7. Describe Henry's friends in Paris.

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

9. How does Henry get away from Serge?

10. How does Henry describe Moldorf?

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