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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Geoffrey say that we cannot know everything about the past?
(a) Because much of history has never been written down.
(b) Because historians have conflicting ideas about the past.
(c) Because it would be impossible to take in everything.
(d) Because it would confuse us.

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

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

4. What did Flaubert's niece ask for after Flaubert's death?
(a) Flaubert's house.
(b) Flaubert's stuffed parrot.
(c) The original manuscript of "Madame Bovary."
(d) A cast of the writer's hand.

5. How does the inscription explain the presence of the stuffed green parrot?
(a) It says the parrot was given to Flaubert's mother when he died.
(b) It says the parrot was a gift from Flaubert's lover.
(c) It says the parrot once sat on Flaubert's desk.
(d) It says the parrot was Flaubert's childhood pet.

6. About a year after their first meeting, Geoffrey agrees to meet with Ed for what reason?
(a) To plan a trip to the Flaubert museums.
(b) To talk about some information Ed has obtained.
(c) To exchange books.
(d) To discuss "Madame Bovary."

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

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

9. With what writer does the biographer Enid Starkie compare Flaubert?
(a) Hugo.
(b) Rousseau.
(c) Moliere.
(d) Balzac.

10. What was the attitude toward Flaubert of the Collier sisters who Flaubert met when he spent his summers in Trouville?
(a) They were infatuated with him,
(b) They ignored him and hoped he would leave.
(c) They laughed at him.
(d) Flaubert infuriated them.

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

12. For what reason does Geoffrey say that he does not like coincidences?
(a) Because coincidences make him feel uncomfortable.
(b) Because he agrees with Flaubert's opinion on the subject.
(c) Because he feels that coincidences rob people of their sense of control.
(d) Because he prefers to feel that life is chaotic.

13. If Geoffrey had his way, which of the following subjects would he not ban novel writers from using?
(a) Novels set in Oxford or Cambridge.
(b) Novels about love affairs.
(c) Novels about small forgotten wars.
(d) Novels about people reverting back to nature.

14. How does Flaubert feel about the organization of his ideas?
(a) He wants others to organize his ideas for him.
(b) He purposely lets ideas fall where they will.
(c) He puts everything into neat little categories.
(d) He is haphazard about organization about half the time.

15. Who was the owner of the dog that Flaubert took for walks and kissed?
(a) Caroline.
(b) Flaubert's mother.
(c) Elisa Schlesinger.
(d) Julie Herbert.

Short Answer Questions

1. Flaubert refers to himself as a bear and his sister as what animal?

2. For what reason does Geoffrey read Flaubert?

3. In what way is Felicite completely different from Flaubert?

4. Where does Geoffrey first meet Ed Winterton?

5. Flaubert, who didn't believe in progress, thought that democracy made people what?

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