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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. How does Rodolphe try to get on Charles' good side?

2. Where in Yonville is Homais waiting for the Bovarys to arrive?

3. Why do the townspeople believe Justin spends so much time at the Bovary home?

4. Why does Monsieur Rodolphe Boulanger call on Charles?

5. Why does Emma fire her maid upon returning from the ball?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Léon and Emma like honeymooners in Part 3: Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What characters are introduced in Part 2: Chapter 1 that seem to be important in the day-to-day life of the small town of Yonville?

10. In Part 2: Chapter 3 we meet the wet nurse, Mère Rollet. Describe Mère Rollet's home as it provides a contrast to the relative luxury of Emma's home.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Pathos is an emotional response to a text. Hippolyte and the blind beggar both embody tragic characteristics and are characters that should inspire much pathos in the reader, however in the way they are presented, they often do not. Do you see these two characters as sympathetic? Why or why not? Specifically note how they are described in the text. What do you think is Flaubert's purpose in describing them this way?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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