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 not let Denise sell to a customer?

2. What type of business does Vincard have?

3. Who is the man who is seen in the basement with Denise?

4. What does Pauline advise Denise to get?

5. Who is the assistant silk buyer at Au Bonheur des Dames?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the initial contacts between Denise and Mouret.

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

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

5. Why does Denise's rejection of Mouret's advances leave him confused?

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

7. Why does Denise end up leaving the store when she could have anything she wanted?

8. What is Denise's demeanor during this difficult time at the store?

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

10. Why is Denise conflicted about falling in love with Mouret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a lot of symbolism in this story regarding the expansion of Au Bonheur des Dames. What does the growth of the store symbolize for those who work there? For the neighborhood shop owners? For the retail industry in general? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

AU BONHEUR DES DAMES is a classic struggle for survival story. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category? Explain.

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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