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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. How do Emma and Rodolphe begin communicating in the early days of their affair?

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

3. What is one of Emma's favorite pastimes?

4. What is Monsieur Binet doing when Emma runs into him on the way to visit Rodolphe?

5. Why is Abbé Bournisien distracted when Emma comes to see him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In Chapter 7, Emma receives a greyhound as a pet. Why is this gift so important to her?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Bovarism describes an attitude of self-indulgence and hedonism that is self-destructive. Obviously, Emma's character is the inspiration for this name. Can bovarism ever be positive? Did any of Emma's behaviors and actions ever help others or leave positive effects or consequences? Explain using examples from the text.

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