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. Why does the sheriff come to the Bovarys home?

2. Where does she decide to go as a last resort?

3. What language does Emma decide she should learn to make herself feel better?

4. Where is the ball held where Emma meets Vicomte?

5. Where does Emma next see Monsieur Binet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What themes in the books she reads reveal specific aspects of Emma's personality in Chapter 6?

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

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

4. How are the other people attending the opera described in Part 2: Chapter 15?

5. Why do you think Emma begins charity work and rediscovers religious faith in Part 2: Chapter 14?

6. What tactics does Emma use in Part 3: Chapter 3 to get to see Léon on a more regular basis?

7. 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?

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

9. Monsieur Binet is able to see Emma's true nature in Part 2: Chapter 10, but does not try to create a scandal. Why do you think he chooses not to reveal her indiscretions?

10. How is the cathedral described in Part 3: Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Imagine Emma survived her overdose on arsenic. What do you imagine she would have done? How would she have explained her predicament to Charles and solved her financial problems? Would any of the townspeople or her family members come to her aid? Use examples from the novel to support your hypothesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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