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 happens to Justin while Charles is helping Boulanger?

2. Where does Emma go as a place of refuge and comfort when she feels as if she can no longer breathe?

3. How does Charles eventually convince Emma to go riding with Rodolphe?

4. What is one of the things that Charles does to show his complete adoration of Emma?

5. Why did Charles' father, Charles Denis Bartholomé Bovary, get removed from his post as an Army surgeon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charles' mother try to relieve her son's suffering in Part 3: Chapter 10?

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

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

4. How is the cathedral described in Part 3: Chapter 1?

5. What is the state of Emma and Léon's relationship by the end of Part 3: Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emma, Charles' mother, and the first Madame Bovary are a study in contrasts. How do these three women compare throughout the novel?

Specifically comment on the following:

- What are the similarities and differences in their appearance?

- How do they treat the men in their lives?

- Compare and contrast their goals and ideals.

Essay Topic 3

Although Emma is very much a Victorian woman, her story could also take place in modern times. How might her situation in life be different if she was alive in the 21st century? What options may have been open to her as a modern woman that weren't in the time of the book? What situations would be the same?

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