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

2. What do the Bovarys discover about their new home?

3. How does Homais want Charles to help him?

4. What does Emma do to try to regain interest in her domestic responsibilities as a wife and mother?

5. What event causes the delay of the "Hirondelle" and also marks the loss of Emma's last remaining confidante?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Justin is surrounded by strong-willed women. Explain his relationship with Félicité and Emma in Part 2: Chapter 12.

6. In Chapter 7, Emma receives a greyhound as a pet. Why is this gift so important to her?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Three characters embody the servant class in the novel: Justin, Félicité, and Mère Rollet. What are their roles in the novel? How do they interact with Emma? They are servants, but Emma also manipulates them to serve her own personal interests. Describe how she does this and what their reactions are to her both in life and in death.

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