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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. Why don't the fireworks go off at the end of the agricultural fair?

2. What is Monsieur Homais' nephew Justin's future career?

3. Where is the ball held where Emma meets Vicomte?

4. During the fair, a woman wins a monetary award for what remarkable achievement?

5. Where does Léon want to go to finish his law studies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What character types do the animals at the fair symbolize in Chapter 2: Part 8?

6. How does Emma's attitude change towards what other people think of her in Part 2: Chapter 12?

7. In Part 2: Chapter 2, Emma meets Léon. What is it about him that Emma finds attractive?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of "provincial living" is often critiqued by Emma. She feels constrained by both her life in Tostes and in Yonville. Describe what specifically distresses her about the provincial life. What do other characters in the novel seem to like about it?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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