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. Charles and Emma's relationship grows as they are alone one day discussing what?

2. After she throws herself into domestic life, how does Emma's appearance change?

3. After running into Binet, what do Emma and Rodolphe decide to do?

4. Who does Emma meet on her way to visit the wet nurse?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on the comparison Emma makes between Charles and Léon is Part 2: Chapter 5, who do you think is better suited for her and why?

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

3. By Part 2: Chapter 7, do you think Emma has become a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

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

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 clues does the boatman give in Part 3: Chapter 3 that suggest he has recently had Rodolphe as a customer?

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

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

9. How has Emma's reputation been ruined by Part 3: Chapter 6?

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

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

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

The idea of "provincial living" is often critiqued by Emma. She feels constrained by both her life in Tostes and in Yonville. Describe what specifically distresses her about the provincial life. What do other characters in the novel seem to like about it?

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