Les Miserables 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. Gavroche’s makeshift home in Book VI of Part IV – Saint Denis is inside a statue of what?

2. The street urchin named Gavroche in Part III – Marius is actually whose son?

3. What is the name of the churchwarden who tells Marius in Book III of Part III – Marius that his father came to Mass to see him?

4. The republican secret societies made their move to start off the Paris Uprising of 1832 at whose public funeral?

5. What is the title of Book VI of Part IV – Saint Denis?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gavroche help the revolutionaries in Book X of Part IV – Saint Denis?

2. What internal conflict does Marius face in Book VIII of Part III – Marius? How is the conflict resolved?

3. How is the setting of “The House on Rue Plumet” described in Book III of Part IV – Saint Denis?

4. What does Marius think about Cosette after finding what he believes to be her handkerchief in Book VI of Part III – Marius?

5. What consumes Marius’s mind in Book II of Part IV – Saint Denis? Where does he spend his time?

6. What historical event is described in Book I of Part IV – Saint Denis? What consequences of this event does the narrator point out?

7. How is the outbreak of the June Rebellion described in Book X of Part IV – Saint Denis?

8. How is Marius led to Cosette’s whereabouts in Book VIII of Part III – Marius?

9. What does Gavroche do at the end of Book IV of Part IV – Saint Denis? Who benefits from Gavroche’s action?

10. How does Gavroche go about helping two homeless children in Book VI of Part IV – Saint Denis? Who are these children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of industrialization and technological progress seen in Les Miserables. How does the author use the progress in Montreuil-sur-mer to address the greater issues resulting from industrialization worldwide? Do you think Hugo views industrialization as a positive or negative influence on society? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the character Fauchelevent in the novel. Where is the reader first introduced to Fauchelevent? Why does Fauchelevent agree to help Jean Valjean at Petit-Picpus? What are Fauchelevent’s impressions of Jean Valjean and Cosette?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Battle of Waterloo and the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France. When was the battle fought? How many battles comprised the Napoleonic Wars? What was the outcome of Waterloo?

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