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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the theme of the dreams that Denise has during this period?
2. Why can Denise be nothing more than a mistress to Mouret?
3. To what does Mouret invite Denise?
4. What is the topic of all the store rumors?
5. Who is Baudu's last faithful customer?
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
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
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.
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