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

2. Where do Charles and Emma meet?

3. Charles and Emma's relationship grows as they are alone one day discussing what?

4. Why does Charles think he and Emma should move?

5. What event does Homais disclose is coming to Yonville?

Short Essay Questions

1. What experiences does Emma have at the ball at La Vaubyessard in Chapter 8 that seem to redefine her perceptions and expectations?

2. What is Charles' reaction to learning about his wife's affairs in Part 3: Chapter 11?

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

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

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

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

7. Emma has a very fickle nature. What are some examples of this that are revealed in Part 2: Chapter 3?

8. 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?

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

10. Compare and contrast Emma's and Charles' initial perceptions of their marriage in Chapter 5.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Imagine Emma survived her overdose on arsenic. What do you imagine she would have done? How would she have explained her predicament to Charles and solved her financial problems? Would any of the townspeople or her family members come to her aid? Use examples from the novel to support your hypothesis.

Essay Topic 3

Emma loves to read, and she has a penchant for gothic, dramatic themes. Choose one of the following genres of literature that Emma enjoys reading. Explain the genre and its main themes, and then connect these themes to Emma's own life. How do the plots in these books reveal deeper aspects of Emma's personality?

- Historical novels by Sir Walter Scott.

- Biographies of unhappy women.

- Romantic novels.

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