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. What does Emma ask Léon to do to help her out?

2. Where does Emma go as a place of refuge and comfort when she feels as if she can no longer breathe?

3. What present does Emma give to Léon?

4. What is an early routine that Charles and Emma establish as newlyweds?

5. As Emma and Léon get to know each other, what do they originally discuss?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Emma seeks comfort in the church in Part 2: Chapter 6. How does her interaction with Abbé Bournisien reflect on her personal interaction with religion?

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

7. How does Charles' mother try to relieve her son's suffering in Part 3: Chapter 10?

8. Emma goes back and forth between passionate elation at her affair and guilt over betraying Charles in Part 2: Chapter 10. Why do you think she continues her affair with Rodolphe?

9. Homais and Charles are a study in contrasts. Explain their differences as revealed in Part 2: Chapter 11.

10. By Part 3: Chapter 4, has Léon become a better person or a worse person since beginning his affair with Emma?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In many ways, Emma's love relationships and focus on shopping show us the indications of a manic or addictive personality. Provide examples from throughout the text that indicate this. Would you consider Emma to be an addict? Why or why not? Do you think Emma could have ever been helped? Explain why.

Essay Topic 2

Emma, Charles' mother, and the first Madame Bovary are a study in contrasts. How do these three women compare throughout the novel?

Specifically comment on the following:

- What are the similarities and differences in their appearance?

- How do they treat the men in their lives?

- Compare and contrast their goals and ideals.

Essay Topic 3

Although Emma is very much a Victorian woman, her story could also take place in modern times. How might her situation in life be different if she was alive in the 21st century? What options may have been open to her as a modern woman that weren't in the time of the book? What situations would be the same?

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