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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What color covers Baudu's shop after the deaths?

2. Who brings her children to the store as a form of entertainment?

3. Which of the following does NOT describe the state of Baudu's store at the beginning of Chapter 8?

4. What is the theme of the dreams that Denise has during this period?

5. Why is Mouret crying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zola is quoted as saying, "I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don't care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity. I am at ease in my generation," (My Hates, 1866.) How is this philosophy apparent in AU BONHEUR DES DAMES?

Essay Topic 2

AU BONHEUR DES DAMES takes place in Paris in the late 1800s. Explain what is going on in Paris at this time that makes Zola decide to write this story in this setting.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

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