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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Geoffrey ask Ed about the content of the letters?
(a) He asks if Flaubert discussed death in his letters.
(b) He asked if Flaubert used the letters as the basis for any of his stories.
(c) He asks if the letters proved Flaubert and Julie Herbert had an affair.
(d) He asked if Julie wrote about her children.

2. What are Geoffrey's thoughts about when he likes to cross the channel?
(a) In the summer.
(b) In the winter.
(c) When it is foggy.
(d) During the off-season.

3. What does Geoffrey learn about Ed when he meets him at the restaurant?
(a) Ed has lost the book he hoped to exchange with Geoffrey.
(b) Ed wants to donate materials to the Flaubert museums.
(c) Ed has been fired.
(d) Ed has married.

4. Who is Humbert?
(a) The Russian guide who took Flaubert to the top of the Great Pyramid.
(b) The lawyer hired by Flaubert in Rouen.
(c) The translator who travels with Flaubert and Du Camp.
(d) The name of a Nabokov character who seduced young girls.

5. With whom did Flaubert have his most celebrated affair?
(a) Mimi.
(b) Louise Colet.
(c) Elisa Schlessinger.
(d) His mother's maid.

6. According to Geoffrey, what is included in Flaubert's dictionary along with a catalog of cliches and odd definitions?
(a) Forms for writing letters.
(b) Fake advice.
(c) Farming tips.
(d) Songs.

7. What did the greyhound and Flaubert have in common?
(a) They were both demanding.
(b) They were both orphans.
(c) They were both ill at the same time.
(d) They both loved wine.

8. Geoffrey thinks that if Flaubert had not been a bear he might have been what other animal?
(a) A whale.
(b) A camel.
(c) An elephant.
(d) A tiger.

9. Which of the following animals does Flaubert not include in his letter to Bouilet?
(a) A monkey.
(b) A lion.
(c) An ostrich.
(d) A donkey.

10. What does Geoffrey see at the second Flaubert museum?
(a) Love letters written by Flaubert.
(b) Photographs of Flaubert's relatives.
(c) The original manuscript of Madame Bovary.
(d) Another stuffed green parrot.

11. What word does Geoffrey say that people are no longer allowed to use for describing lunacy?
(a) Idiot.
(b) Mad.
(c) Freak.
(d) Crazy.

12. In what way is Felicite completely different from Flaubert?
(a) She takes lovers.
(b) She is inarticulate.
(c) She writes in a diary.
(d) She is lonely.

13. How does Geoffrey think authors legitimize coincidences?
(a) They ignore criticism of the coincidences in their books.
(b) They use them to justify the endings of their books.
(c) They use them to justify their characters.
(d) They call them ironies.

14. What objects does Geoffrey Braithwaite, the narrator of "Flaubert's Parrot," describe in the beginning of the book?
(a) Flags.
(b) Columns.
(c) Statues.
(d) Paintings.

15. Although he had once thought of writing a book, what is Geoffrey's actual occupation?
(a) Architect.
(b) Doctor.
(c) Lawyer.
(d) Journalist.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Rouen different from the first time Geoffrey visited the city?

2. Why does Geoffrey say that we cannot know everything about the past?

3. When Gertrude's son-in-law, the explorer Henry Morton Stanley, was forced to get rid of his belongings during a trip, what book did he toss?

4. Geoffrey compares biographies to what objects?

5. What do Du Camp and Flaubert do the night before climbing the Great Pyramid?

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