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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. How was Achille related to Flaubert?
(a) He was Flaubert's brother-in-law.
(b) They were brothers.
(c) He was Flauert's son.
(d) He was Flaubert's father.

2. How does Geoffrey defend Flaubert against the charge of being a sadist?
(a) He says Flaubert never commited an unkind act.
(b) He says that Flaubert was always too ill to act in sadistic ways.
(c) He says that a priest who took Flaubert's confessions said the charge was a lie.
(d) He quotes a letter from Flaubert on the subject.

3. Why did Geoffrey think people want to think the best about authors?
(a) People have a tendency to defend authors.
(b) People hope to learn truths from authors.
(c) People want to affirm their choice of reading material.
(d) People believe authors are somewhat like prophets.

4. What did Flaubert confess to Louise?
(a) That he spent many hours thinking about what he would do with a million francs.
(b) That he had had many affairs.
(c) That he no longer loved her.
(d) That he had given up writing.

5. Why didn't Flaubert include many trains in his work?
(a) Flaubert hated trains.
(b) Flaubert wrote about the Middle Ages.
(c) Most of Flaubert's work was set before the popularity of trains in France.
(d) Flaubert wrote books and stories set in isolated villages.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what philosopher does Geoffrey compare Flaubert?

2. According to Geoffrey, at one point in Flaubert's life did he no longer need fantasies?

3. In his examination paper on literary criticism, what does Flaubert say about his sister's death?

4. What did Geoffrey want to know about his wife?

5. Aside from the fact that the house at Croisset was big enough for him to have a study, why else was it good for Flaubert?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Geoffrey say about Ellen's lies?

2. What two women are compared and found to be remarkably similar?

3. On what points, if any, does Geoffrey personally criticize Flaubert?

4. What was Geoffrey's attitude toward his wife's promiscuity?

5. In what ways did Flaubert want Louise to be like him?

6. Why was Flaubert secretive about his meetings with Louise Colet?

7. Why does Geoffrey maintain that he killed his wife?

8. In what way was Flaubert unkind to Louise?

9. From Braithwaite's dictionary, give an example of conflicting accounts for one particular entry.

10. What were two projects Flaubert started but never finished?

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