Cousin Bette: Part One of Poor Relations Test | Final 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. To which Shakespeare character does the narrator compare Montejanos, due to his physique and complexion?

2. Where does Valerie mention having seen Wenceslas in person before their first formal meeting in her house?

3. What is happening when the arrival of the Baron Montes de Montejanos is announced?

4. What piece of evidence does Crevel provide the Baron with to prove his clandestine meetings with Valerie in his little house on the Rue du Dauphin?

5. How do Crevel and Hulot feel about Montejanos' arrival?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Valerie use her pregnancy to benefit financially and socially? Which men are affected by this news?

2. What post does Valerie ask Hector to obtain for Marneffe? What complications does Hector face in carrying out this wish for his mistress?

3. What proof of Wenceslas' infidelity does Hortense receive? What does she decide to do after she receives this proof and why?

4. What does Adeline advise Hortense to do after her first quarrel with Wenceslas over Valerie Marneffe? What does Adeline reveal to her daughter about her own marriage?

5. Besides the news of the embezzlement scheme in the newspaper, what other news item is featured in the Revue des Beaux-Arts? What is Hortense's reaction to this item?

6. Whom does Hector ask to solve his compromising situation with the Marneffes? What does this character do to help the Baron?

7. What has happened to Wenceslas professionally in the three years since he has married Hortense? To what is this change attributed?

8. What problem with her husband does Valerie alert Hector to in a letter? What solution does she suggest to this predicament? How does Hector respond to this suggestion?

9. What plan does Adeline conceive to save her uncle? What is the outcome?

10. What publication makes Lisbeth so happy? What event begins a chain of events that will end this happiness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pride is a significant theme in Cousin Bette. What is the message conveyed about pride in this novel? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Money has a significant role throughout Cousin Bette. Give three examples from the novel in which money significantly alters the plot of the novel and directly affects the protagonist. How is money a characteristic of the Realist novel?

Essay Topic 3

How is literary allusion used in Cousin Bette? Choose two examples from the text. What is the significance of these allusions? What messages do they communicate and to what themes do they relate?

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