Flaubert's Parrot Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. While traveling on the train to Rouen, what does Geoffrey notice about the signs?

2. What organ of the body does Flaubert refer to when explaining the purpose of poetry?

3. In the geographical part of Geoffrey's examination, what comment does he make about the region in which Flaubert lived?

4. How does Geoffrey defend Flaubert against the charge of being a sadist?

5. Who always met Flaubert when he returned to Rouen from Mantes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Geoffrey say that Flaubert's fantasies were no longer needed when he was thirty-five?

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

3. Why does Geoffrey think that people want to know the worst?

4. What are two of the issues about which Geoffrey says people would find fault with Flaubert?

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

6. Who are three authors who are given entries in Braithwaite's dictionary?

7. How is Flaubert's dream described in the examination section on Psychoanalysis?

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

9. Describe Flaubert's feelings about his home in Croisset

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"History is always incomplete" is a theme that surfaces repeatedly throughout the novel. Discuss this theme as it applies 1) to Geoffrey's inability to completely know everything he would like to know about Flaubert, and 2) to Geoffrey's inability to know everything about his wife.

Essay Topic 2

What qualities or facts about Flaubert do you think drew Geoffrey to him in the first place? Consider Flaubert's biographical information, his relationships with women, his interest in the written words, and anything else you consider pertinent.

Essay Topic 3

Geoffrey narrates this book from the first-person perspective. Discuss what advantages and disadvantages you see in the author using this voice. Also comment on the author's choice to let Louise Colet narrate one chapter in her own voice.

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