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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Flaubert first come to know Juliet Herbert?

2. What did the greyhound and Flaubert have in common?

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

4. Who actually carried out the trick that resulted in Flaubert's find at the top of the Great Pyramid?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Geoffrey find on the subject of Madame Bovary's eyes when he rereads the book?

2. What examples of literary mistakes does the professor from Cambridge talk about?

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

4. What is the mystery of the two parrots?

5. Whose deaths greatly affected Flaubert's life?

6. What are the three parts of Braithwaite's chronology about?

7. What was included in the dictionary Flaubert wrote?

8. What places does Geoffrey go to learn more about Gustave Flaubert?

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

10. What is Flaubert's opinion of democracy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Geoffrey tells the reader that he understands Flaubert better than he understands his wife. Explain what you think Geoffrey means by this statement using specific examples. Comment on why or why not you think people might be able to understand historical or literary figures more fully than individuals in their own lives.

Essay Topic 2

Women played a major role in Flaubert's life. Explain the impact of each of the following woman on Flaubert's life and/or work: Madame Flaubert, Juliet Herbert, Louise Colet, and Elisa Schlesinger.

Essay Topic 3

Geoffrey talks about his dislike of coincidence, particularly in literature. Comment on the following:

1) What does Geoffrey consider to be the difference between coincidence and irony?

2) What examples does Geoffrey give in Flaubert's life and work which he considers to be examples of both coincidence and irony?

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