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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. What is Geoffrey's marital status?

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

3. What was Geoffrey's reaction to Ed's disposal of the letters?

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

5. What does Flaubert find when he gets to the top of the Great Pyramid?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Flaubert compares himself to many things. Name some of them.

3. What was included in the dictionary Flaubert wrote?

4. What is the mystery of the two parrots?

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

6. Whose deaths greatly affected Flaubert's life?

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

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

9. How did Ed happen to get the letters between Julie and Flaubert?

10. What does Geoffrey think about omniscient authors of novels?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Geoffrey defends Flaubert throughout the book. Given what you have learned about Flaubert, on what points do you think Flaubert deserves to be defended and on what points do you feel he rightly deserves the criticism he was given?

Essay Topic 2

Explain and provide details about Geoffrey's irritation with Ed Winterton, both because of Winterton's personality and because of the destruction he committed. In addition, comment on whether or not you feel Geoffrey's irritation was warranted.

Essay Topic 3

Minor characters contribute color to "Flaubert's Parrot." Choose any three from the following list of characters and describe what relationship each had with Flaubert and how their inclusion benefits the book as a whole: Maxime Du Camp, Elisa Schlesinger, Gertrude Collier, Kuchuk Hanem, Lucien Andrieu, Enid Starkie.

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