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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 Charles eventually convince Emma to go riding with Rodolphe?

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

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

4. Where do Charles and Emma first live together as husband and wife?

5. Why doesn't Emma buy anything from Monsieur Lhereux?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Emma is introduced to the reader. How is she described?

2. What elements from "Lucie de Lammermoor" reflect themes or events in Emma's own life in Part 2: Chapter 15?

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

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

5. Explain Charles' reaction to learning of his father's death in Part 3: Chapter 2.

6. Do you think that Emma's suicide attempt in Part 2: Chapter 13 is a sign of her true love and devotion for Rodolphe or of disappointment in the the realization that her dream of a better life is over?

7. What themes in the books she reads reveal specific aspects of Emma's personality in Chapter 6?

8. How does Emma sink even deeper in debt in Part 3: Chapter 5?

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

10. How does Emma show in Chapter 4 that makes her wedding guests concerned about her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In the speeches at the agricultural fair, the dignitaries often mention "duty" and Rodolphe scoffs. What are some meanings and implications of the word "duty"? How does the concept of duty play throughout the novel, specifically in the following ways:

- marital duty.

- duty to morality.

- duty to career.

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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