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. What did Louise do after Flaubert broke off their affair?

2. What did Flaubert never do?

3. According to Louise, what would Flaubert have made her into if he had his way?

4. What defense does Geoffrey suggest against those who said Flaubert didn't involve himself in life?

5. According to Geoffrey, what is the sweetest moment of writing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Geoffrey maintain that he killed his wife?

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

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

5. In what way was Flaubert unkind to Louise?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The character of Felicite in "Un coeur simple" can be compared to Flaubert.

1) Briefly explain the plot of the story.

2) Explain what similarities that can be drawn between Felicite and Flaubert.

Essay Topic 3

Do you think the reader is led to believe from the beginning that Geoffrey will find the actual parrot that once sat on Flaubert's desk? Comment on why or why not and analyze the book as a mystery story, describing its twists and turns.

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