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

2. What does Robineau reveal about the coat whose quality a customer complains?

3. Which of the following is NOT imagery presented in this chapter?

4. What is the name of Uncle Baudu's daughter?

5. From whom does Denise rent a room?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the imagery introduced in Chapter 2 regarding the big department store?

3. According to Madame Desforges, how do distinguished women view Mouret's store?

4. What does the author show about the dark nature of the store's employees?

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

6. What is the perception by the store management when they learn that the sales girls are taking on extra work?

7. What surprises Mouret about Denise's love for him?

8. Summarize the story of AU BONHEUR DES DAMES.

9. What other reasons does Madame Baudu speculate could be the source of Genevieve's illness aside from the postponement of her marriage to Colomban?

10. How does the store bring out the worst in the store's customers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Madame Desforges. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What does the author mean by calling the book AU BONHEUR DES DAMES? Cite an example to support your answer. Can you suggest another title which you think is more appropriate for the book?

Essay Topic 3

Zola uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the novel. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

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