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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Du Camp, on whom was Madame Bovary modeled?
(a) Flaubert's first mistress.
(b) Flaubert's cousin.
(c) The second wife of a medical officer.
(d) The village seamstress of Rouen.

2. After her parrot dies, what does Felicite do?
(a) She buys another parrot.
(b) She buries him and buys a headstone.
(c) She has him stuffed and prays to him.
(d) She has his photograph taken.

3. What mistake did Enid Starkie make when she published her biography of Flaubert?
(a) She said that Flaubert's mother forbid him to become a writer.
(b) She said that Flaubert never had a mistress.
(c) She left out the entire story of "Un couer simple" from her manuscript.
(d) She used a portrait on her first volume about Flaubert that wasn't him.

4. Flaubert refers to himself as a bear and his sister as what animal?
(a) The rabbit.
(b) The alligator.
(c) The rat.
(d) The lion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. At the Hotel-Dieu, the museum is partly about Flaubert and partly about what?
(a) Medical history.
(b) World literature.
(c) Natural history.
(d) The French Revolution.

12. What is the parrot's name?
(a) Gustave.
(b) Loulou.
(c) Mimi.
(d) Polly.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Geoffrey think authors legitimize coincidences?

2. With what writer does the biographer Enid Starkie compare Flaubert?

3. As a student, what subject did Flaubert fail at?

4. What was the name of the greyhound that was Flaubert's final companion?

5. What is Geoffrey's attitude when making his final explanation about why he hates critics?

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