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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which condition best describes Flaubert at his death?
(a) Impoverished and lonely.
(b) Wealthy and famous.
(c) Impoverished but loved.
(d) Wealthy and unknown.

3. What happened to the man who owned the parrot in the newspaper article?
(a) He died trying to save the parrot.
(b) He wrote several stories about the parrot.
(c) He believed he had turned into a parrot.
(d) He bought an aviary.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What objects does Geoffrey Braithwaite, the narrator of "Flaubert's Parrot," describe in the beginning of the book?

2. According to Du Camp, on whom was Madame Bovary modeled?

3. What does Geoffrey ask Ed about the content of the letters?

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

5. Geoffrey maintains that mistakes like the professor pointed out in his speech are external mistakes, but Geoffrey is more concerned with internal mistakes which he considers to be what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the mystery of the two parrots?

2. Why did Ed say he burned the correspondence between Juliet and Flaubert?

3. Why might Geoffrey be so interested in the mystery of the parrots?

4. What are some connections between Flaubert and Gertrude Collier?

5. What does Geoffrey say is the difference between internal mistakes in writing literature and external ones?

6. How successful was Flaubert during his student days?

7. Why does Geoffrey think Flaubert might also be compared to a camel?

8. What was the trick Flaubert planned to play at the Great Pyramid and what was the outcome?

9. Whose deaths greatly affected Flaubert's life?

10. What are several different parrots mentioned in the bestiary?

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