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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 gift does Emma receive from one of Charles' patients?

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

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

4. What causes Emma to return to Bertaux from the convent?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Monsieur Lhereux's character is developed in Part 2: Chapter 5. What clues does a reader get about his character?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What are some of the clichés that the dignitaries use who speak at the agricultural show in Part 2: Chapter 8?

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

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

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

Charles, Rodolphe, and Léon embody three very different types of man, all of whom play into Emma's needs in some way. Describe each of Emma's partners and what she initially finds attractive about them. What is it about each of them that she finds irritating or banal? Can you see any similarities in the three?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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