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 doesn't Emma buy anything from Monsieur Lhereux?

2. How does Homais want Charles to help him?

3. How long does it take Monsieur Rouault to begin walking after he has broken his leg?

4. When does Emma begin sneaking off to see Rodolphe?

5. Where do Charles and Emma meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some details about Emma's ideal wedding in Chapter 3 that seem a bit eccentric or unusual?

2. Describe Emma's conflicting motives in her interactions with Binet, Guillaumin and Rodolphe in Part 3: Chapter 7.

3. What experiences does Emma have at the ball at La Vaubyessard in Chapter 8 that seem to redefine her perceptions and expectations?

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

5. What subjects do Léon and Emma discuss in Part 2: Chapter 4 that reveal aspects of their personalities?

6. Emma has a very fickle nature. What are some examples of this that are revealed in Part 2: Chapter 3?

7. Why does Emma allow herself to be so easily persuaded by Lhereux in Part 3: Chapter 2?

8. What is Charles' reaction to learning about his wife's affairs in Part 3: Chapter 11?

9. In Chapter 2, Emma is introduced to the reader. How is she described?

10. Describe the beggar's appearance in Part 3: Chapter 5.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bovarism describes an attitude of self-indulgence and hedonism that is self-destructive. Obviously, Emma's character is the inspiration for this name. Can bovarism ever be positive? Did any of Emma's behaviors and actions ever help others or leave positive effects or consequences? Explain using examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Pathos is an emotional response to a text. Hippolyte and the blind beggar both embody tragic characteristics and are characters that should inspire much pathos in the reader, however in the way they are presented, they often do not. Do you see these two characters as sympathetic? Why or why not? Specifically note how they are described in the text. What do you think is Flaubert's purpose in describing them this way?

Essay Topic 3

Homais can be considered both a hero and an anti-hero. Explain why giving examples for each view. How do you personally view Homais?

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