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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. Why didn't Flaubert include many trains in his work?

2. Who was the first French writer to appear on a stamp?

3. In the psychology section of the examination, what two women are compared?

4. What does Louise think people will think about her and Flaubert after they are dead?

5. Where did Flaubert always meet Louise Colet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Louise a complication in Flaubert's life?

3. What does Geoffrey say is the difference between what people want to know about lovers and what they want to know about authors?

4. Who are two of Flaubert's relatives who are given an entry in Braithwaite's dictionary?

5. Why did Flaubert hate railroads?

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

7. Why does Geoffrey think about books that authors didn't write?

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

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

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 3

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.

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