Madame Bovary Test | Mid-Book 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. The novel begins with a description of this character's experience in school. Who is this character?

2. What city does Emma dream of visiting by tracing maps of it?

3. How does Charles eventually convince Emma to go riding with Rodolphe?

4. Why is Boulanger's attention in such high demand at the fair?

5. Where do Charles and Emma meet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Part 2: Chapter 2, Emma meets Léon. What is it about him that Emma finds attractive?

3. Charles continually sacrifices to make his wife happy. Do you think this shows true selflessness or foolishness?

4. What is ironic about Emma's death in Part 3: Chapter 8?

5. Describe Emma's father's reaction to her death in Part 3: Chapter 10.

6. How does Emma show in Chapter 4 that makes her wedding guests concerned about her?

7. How does Rodolphe react to Emma's reappearance in his life in Part 3: Chapter 8?

8. Based on the comparison Emma makes between Charles and Léon is Part 2: Chapter 5, who do you think is better suited for her and why?

9. Explain what happens to Homais in Part 3: Chapter 11. Do you think he deserves this?

10. Explain Charles' reaction to learning of his father's death in Part 3: Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the speeches at the agricultural fair, the dignitaries often mention "duty" and Rodolphe scoffs. What are some meanings and implications of the word "duty"? How does the concept of duty play throughout the novel, specifically in the following ways:

- marital duty.

- duty to morality.

- duty to career.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, the middle-class is contrasted to the upper-class. Compare and contrast how Flaubert describes and characterizes these two groups using examples specifically from the two main events highlighting them: the ball and the agricultural fair.

Essay Topic 3

The idea of "provincial living" is often critiqued by Emma. She feels constrained by both her life in Tostes and in Yonville. Describe what specifically distresses her about the provincial life. What do other characters in the novel seem to like about it?

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