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. What happens to Justin while Charles is helping Boulanger?

3. What event does Homais disclose is coming to Yonville?

4. How does Homais want Charles to help him?

5. What does Monsieur Lhereux try to sell to Emma?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bovarism describes an attitude of self-indulgence and hedonism that is self-destructive. Obviously, Emma's character is the inspiration for this name. Can bovarism ever be positive? Did any of Emma's behaviors and actions ever help others or leave positive effects or consequences? Explain using examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Flaubert uses one terse line at the end of Part 1: Chapter 9 to inform the reader of Emma's pregnancy. Throughout the rest of the novel, the motherhood aspect of Emma's femininity is down-played or erratic at best. Deconstruct Emma's role as a mother. What do you think her relationship was like with her own mother? What kind of mother is she to Berthe?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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