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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. Where does Emma wish she had spent her honeymoon with Charles?

2. What gift does Emma receive from one of Charles' patients?

3. Where is the center of activity in Yonville?

4. How do Emma and Rodolphe begin communicating in the early days of their affair?

5. Why does Rodolphe suggest that Emma should begin horseback riding with him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Emma's death in Part 3: Chapter 8?

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

3. What is Charles' reaction to learning about his wife's affairs in Part 3: Chapter 11?

4. How has Léon changed when we meet him again in Part 3: Chapter 1?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Homais and Charles are a study in contrasts. Explain their differences as revealed in Part 2: Chapter 11.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel presents many tragic deaths, and the characters deal with them in often what seem like unsympathetic ways. What does this tell you about Flaubert's view of middle-class society. Describe the following deaths and how the surviving friends and family members react to them:

• The death of Charles' first wife.

• The death of Charles' father.

• Emma's death.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, Madame Bovary is a critique of the middle-class life, and the constraints, expectations, and disappointments that are a part of it. Compare the world of the Bovarys to a typical American middle class existence. Specifically, address the following issues faced by the typical middle class family today and relate them to themes that Flaubert threads throughout his novel:

- Debt and financial crises

- The increase in depression and the need for therapy

- A search for community through online or virtual meeting places rather than in face-to-face scenarios

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