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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 long does it take Monsieur Rouault to begin walking after he has broken his leg?

2. What seems to disappoint Emma about her pregnancy and the birth of her child, Berthe?

3. How does Homais want Charles to help him?

4. What does Emma do to try to regain interest in her domestic responsibilities as a wife and mother?

5. Upon the arrival of the Bovarys in Yonville, what does Homais do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Emma begins charity work and rediscovers religious faith in Part 2: Chapter 14?

2. Describe Emma's conflicting motives in her interactions with Binet, Guillaumin and Rodolphe in Part 3: Chapter 7.

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

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

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

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

7. Explain the differences between Homais' and Abbé Bournisien's views on religion in Part 3: Chapter 9.

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

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

10. What clues can you find in Part 2: Chapter 6 to Flaubert's assessment of the Church?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the middle-class is contrasted to the upper-class. Compare and contrast how Flaubert describes and characterizes these two groups using examples specifically from the two main events highlighting them: the ball and the agricultural fair.

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

The acquisition of material possessions is almost as important to Emma as acquiring affection and romance. In this way, Lhereux can be seen as another of Emma's lovers, since through his knowledge of her debts he is actually involved in a very intimate relationship with her. She spends a lot of time with him, and he must understand her in a way that is much more objective than others do, in order to get what he wants from her. Describe in what ways Lhereux is like another lover to Emma? How does he see Emma differently from the way Charles does or Rodolphe and Léon do? What does he know about her that no one else does? Does the fact that his relationship with her is "strictly business" make their relationship any more or less moral? Why?

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