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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What event causes the delay of the "Hirondelle" and also marks the loss of Emma's last remaining confidante?
(a) Emma accuses Charles of having an affair.
(b) Emma fires her new maid.
(c) Emma tells Charles her true feelings about her provincial life.
(d) Emma's greyhound runs away.

2. How does Homais want Charles to help him?
(a) By overseeing his advice to clients.
(b) By taking over the pharmacy once he retires.
(c) By helping him write a speech for a prestigious scientific society.
(d) By helping him study to become a doctor.

3. Who does Charles have come to visit Emma to help her out of her depression?
(a) Emma's father.
(b) Justin.
(c) His mother.
(d) Vicomte.

4. After Léon leaves to continue his studies, how does Emma cope with the loss?
(a) She spends more time doting on Berthe.
(b) She begins to buy herself extravagant things.
(c) She leaves Charles.
(d) She begins doing charitable works for the poor.

5. Where is Emma when she compares her husband to Léon and begins to realize that she is no longer in love with her husband?
(a) At a horse race.
(b) At her husband's office.
(c) Watching a flax mill being built.
(d) At a wedding.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Monsieur Homais' nephew Justin's future career?

2. Why does Charles think he and Emma should move?

3. Why does Emma fire her maid upon returning from the ball?

4. Why doesn't Emma confide in the priest?

5. How many guests do Emma and Charles have at their wedding?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what clues are given that Charles Bovary is a member of the middle class and is considered an "ordinary" person?

2. What character types do the animals at the fair symbolize in Chapter 2: Part 8?

3. What clues does the boatman give in Part 3: Chapter 3 that suggest he has recently had Rodolphe as a customer?

4. How does Charles' action in Part 2: Chapter 11 irrevocably change the nature of his relationship with Emma?

5. Why does Emma seek refuge at the home of Mère Rollet in Part 2: Chapter 7?

6. Do you think that Emma's suicide attempt in Part 2: Chapter 13 is a sign of her true love and devotion for Rodolphe or of disappointment in the the realization that her dream of a better life is over?

7. How does Emma sink even deeper in debt in Part 3: Chapter 5?

8. In Part 2: Chapter 3 we meet the wet nurse, Mère Rollet. Describe Mère Rollet's home as it provides a contrast to the relative luxury of Emma's home.

9. What characters are introduced in Part 2: Chapter 1 that seem to be important in the day-to-day life of the small town of Yonville?

10. What clues can you find in Part 2: Chapter 6 to Flaubert's assessment of the Church?

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