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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. How many years have passed since Fantine has been to her hometown in Book V of Part I – Fantine?

2. What are the names of the Thénardiers’ two daughters whom they spoil?

3. What is the title of Book II of Part II – Cosette?

4. What is the name of the police inspector who acts as a nemesis to Jean Valjean throughout Les Miserables?

5. By what name does Fauchelevent address Jean Valjean when he first meets him in Book V of Part II – Cosette?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Jean Valjean described in Book II of Part I – Fantine? Where has Jean Valjean come from?

2. What does the author comment on regarding monasticism in Book VII of Part II – Cosette?

3. What internal conflict does Jean Valjean face in Book VI of Part I – Fantine? How does he resolve the conflict?

4. What information is related from the character named Boulatruelle in Book II of Part II – Cosette?

5. How does Jean Valjean escape and reenter the convent in Book VIII of Part II – Cosette?

6. How does Jean Valjean respond to the advice of Bishop Myriel in Book II of Part I – Fantine? Where do his actions lead him?

7. What does Bishop Myriel impress upon Jean Valjean when he gives him the candlesticks in Book II of Part I – Fantine? How does Valjean react?

8. How has Jean Valjean changed after he’s been out of prison for two years in Part I – Fantine? How does Jean Valjean first encounter Fantine?

9. How is the character of Javert described in Part I – Fantine? What role does Javert play in the novel?

10. How does Jean Valjean escape from the dead-end alleyway in Book V of Part II – Cosette?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Human Rights in Les Miserables

a. Discuss the ways that the author examines the treatment of the poor in Les Miserables. What kind of change does Victor Hugo call for in regards to the treatment of the poor?

b. How is the theme of human rights symbolized in Les Miserables? What characters in the story reflect this theme the most? How?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author’s use of symbolism and imagery in Jean Valjean’s exit and reentrance at Petit-Picpus in the conclusion of Part II – Cosette. What does the coffin symbolize in this section of the novel? What does the dirt represent? How does this symbolism tie into the novel’s themes?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the author’s use of a third-person omniscient narrator in Les Miserables. Why do you think the narrator chose this perspective? What are the advantages of this narrative style? What are the disadvantages?

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