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 do we learn has happened to Homais' career?

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

3. Why does Monsieur Rodolphe Boulanger call on Charles?

4. Who does Charles have come to visit Emma to help her out of her depression?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 2: Chapter 9, Emma describes her emotions surrounding her relationship with Rodolphe as a "second puberty". What behaviors does she exhibit that resemble those of an adolescent?

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

3. Monsieur Binet is able to see Emma's true nature in Part 2: Chapter 10, but does not try to create a scandal. Why do you think he chooses not to reveal her indiscretions?

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

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

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

7. In Chapter 9 the reader begins to see the more superficial side of Emma. What does Emma do in this chapter that reflects her rather tragic and wasteful life?

8. Do you think that Emma's suicide attempt in Part 2: Chapter 13 is a sign of her true love and devotion for Rodolphe or of disappointment in the the realization that her dream of a better life is over?

9. Why do you think Emma begins charity work and rediscovers religious faith in Part 2: Chapter 14?

10. Why do people begin to suspect in Part 2: Chapter 4 that Léon and Emma might have affections for one another?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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