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. When one of Flaubert's doctors called him "an hysterical old woman," what was his reaction?

2. Where did Flaubert always meet Louise Colet?

3. What was the subject of the metaphysical novel Flaubert made plans to write?

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

5. Which of the following authors lived in Normandy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Geoffrey notice about the signs on the train from Rouen?

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

3. What does Geoffrey say about the death of writers?

4. Why did Flaubert hate railroads?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the idea of the train as a symbol in "Flaubert's Parrot." Include details about Flaubert's attitude toward trains and his use of the train, and explain how trains function symbolically.

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

Throughout the book, Geoffrey searches for the answer to the mystery of which parrot is authentic as well as the answer to questions which plague him about Flaubert and about himself.

Part 1) Describe Geoffrey's actual search for Flaubert's parrot.

Part 2) Explain what mysteries Geoffrey attempts to explain about Flaubert's life.

Part 3) Explain what questions about himself Geoffrey attempts to answer in his quest.

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