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 does Charles find when he helps riders repair their cart?

2. What makes Emma and Rodolphe gather so much attention when they go riding?

3. Where is Emma when she compares her husband to Léon and begins to realize that she is no longer in love with her husband?

4. As Emma and Léon get to know each other, what do they originally discuss?

5. Why is Abbé Bournisien distracted when Emma comes to see him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

5. In Chapter 2, Emma is introduced to the reader. How is she described?

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

7. Charles continually sacrifices to make his wife happy. Do you think this shows true selflessness or foolishness?

8. What subjects do Léon and Emma discuss in Part 2: Chapter 4 that reveal aspects of their personalities?

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

10. Rodolphe is a very manipulative character. What are some ways he manipulates both Charles and Emma in Part 2: Chapter 9?

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

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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