Why am I wasting time on a blog entry?

This week is the suck. I had a quiz in French today, Dr. S volunteered me to lead the discussion tomorrow in Comp Rev (and since I sucked so much last time I really have to do well this time), I have a mid-term tomorrow in Modern France, and mid-term in Gender Psychology Saturday.


For the modern France exam he gave us 9 possible essay questions but didn’t tell us how many we would have to chose from or how many we have to answer. A few of the questions:

  1. Between the Paris Commune & WWI, Montmartre evolved from a bastion of revolutionary politics to a bastion of revolutionary art & entertainment. Ironically, whereas the Parisian bourgeoisie shunned the neighborhood in 1871, they flocked to it by the end of the century. What attracted them? Why?
  2. The 1905 separation of church & state had a number of consequences, good as well as bad, for French Catholicism. Briefly describe the events that led to the official separation & what ensued for the church.
  3. There appears to have been a relationship between symbolism (& later surrealism) and anarchism in fin-de-siècle France. What brought together these two movements? Don’t forget to define both one & the other, as well as identify individuals associated with them.
  4. Historians argue that the French political right had three strands. Identify & define all three & briefly explain why one of these movements had a longer life span than the other 2.
  5. The horse-drawn carriage in Maupassant’s “Boule de Suif” represents a microcosm of French society in 1870. Does either depiction carry the hope of social & political unity in republican France? Briefly explain why.


About SP

Recovering pharmacy technician, History BA, wife to a workaholic, mommy to one pup and two boys, epileptic, vegetarian. I've got a mouth like a sailor & find myself becoming more cynical & more liberal all the time.
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