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. To whom does Baudu sell his country house?

2. Why does Madame Desforges make things difficult for Denise?

3. Who breaks his legs while trying to commit suicide?

4. Which of the following is NOT what Denise thinks about marrying Mouret and keeping her reputation intact?

5. What does Genevieve overhear Colomban saying?

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

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Zola use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

Refusing to be bought is an important theme in the story. Cite at least three examples of how the characters refuse to give in or be bought by someone else.

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