Cousin Bette: Part One of Poor Relations 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. Which biblical figures does Valerie ask Wenceslas to sculpt for her?

2. To which Shakespeare character does the narrator compare Montejanos, due to his physique and complexion?

3. After Hector receives bad news from Johann Fischer, what bad news does he receive from Valerie in a letter?

4. After Wenceslas and Hortense quarrel about Valerie Marneffe, where does Lisbeth go to live?

5. Lisbeth offers to arrange a loan on good terms for Hortense and Wenceslas from whom?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the conflict "man versus man" appear in Cousin Bette? Give three specific examples from the text. Are these conflicts resolved? How does this type of conflict relate to the message of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the conclusion of Cousin Bette. Does the novel have an open or closed ending? How are the major conflicts resolved? What does this reflect about the message of the text?

Essay Topic 3

What is the relationship between Lisbeth and Valerie Marneffe? Using three examples from the novel, explain how Valerie and Lisbeth's relationship developed over time. Do the two women really care for one another or are they united by malice and spite only? Give details from the text to support your answer.

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