Au Bonheur Des Dames = the Ladies' Delight Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Madame Aurelie reprimand Denise?

2. Who is the young man who made a serious delivery error the previous day?

3. For what event is Au Bonheur des Dames prepared at the beginning of Chapter 4?

4. What do Mouret and Bourdoncle do first thing every morning?

5. Who is the inspector who hopes for sexual favors from Denise?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolism of the store blocking the sun from the surrounding neighborhoods?

2. Explain the imagery of comparing the store to a church or temple.

3. What are Denise's working conditions at the store?

4. How are the neighborhood stores faring in comparing to the big department store?

5. How does Vincard symbolize the easier life the store owners could achieve if they can only give in and sell out to Mouret?

6. Where does Denise think that her relationship with Mouret will lead?

7. Who is Mouret and why is Uncle Baudu so angry at him?

8. What does the color white symbolize in Chapter 14?

9. What is the irony of Baudu's position on balancing money and family life?

10. What is the symbolism of Genevieve's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the symbolism of Madame Baudu's wanting the windows opened as she lay dying. What is the symbolism of Baudu's store being draped in white after her death? Identify one other example of symbolism that you find notable.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in the early 1800s when this novel was written. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Denise, Mouret, Madame Desforges, and Baudu. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization.

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