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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. Upon the arrival of the Bovarys in Yonville, what does Homais do?

2. Why does Charles think he and Emma should move?

3. Why do the townspeople believe Justin spends so much time at the Bovary home?

4. How old was Emma when she was sent to the convent to study?

5. Where does Boulanger decide his seduction of Emma will begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What specifically does Charles do to help Emma recover that shows his true devotion to his wife in Part 2: Chapter 13?

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

4. What is the state of Emma and Léon's relationship by the end of Part 3: Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Emma loves to read, and she has a penchant for gothic, dramatic themes. Choose one of the following genres of literature that Emma enjoys reading. Explain the genre and its main themes, and then connect these themes to Emma's own life. How do the plots in these books reveal deeper aspects of Emma's personality?

- Historical novels by Sir Walter Scott.

- Biographies of unhappy women.

- Romantic novels.

Essay Topic 2

Organized religion is critiqued and mocked throughout the novel, particularly by the actions of Monsieur Homais. Do you think Flaubert believes religion is enough to satisfy humanity's need for peace and satisfaction? Specifically comment on the following issues and how Flaubert uses them to critique organized faith:

• Emma's time at the convent.

• The character of Abbé Bournisien.

• The Cathedral at Rouen.

• Emma's funeral rites.

Essay Topic 3

Emma is looking for an idealized love that she quickly realizes is not to be found within a middle-class marriage. Describe Emma's ideal relationship. Who would be her perfect partner? Does such a person exist? Do you think Emma ever could have found happiness?

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