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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Pathos is an emotional response to a text. Hippolyte and the blind beggar both embody tragic characteristics and are characters that should inspire much pathos in the reader, however in the way they are presented, they often do not. Do you see these two characters as sympathetic? Why or why not? Specifically note how they are described in the text. What do you think is Flaubert's purpose in describing them this way?

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?

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?

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