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. Where does Emma wish she had spent her honeymoon with Charles?

2. Where does Léon want to go to finish his law studies?

3. What is the primary activity of the weekly Sunday parties at the Homais home?

4. Why did Charles' father, Charles Denis Bartholomé Bovary, get removed from his post as an Army surgeon?

5. Where is the ball held where Emma meets Vicomte?

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. Why does Emma allow herself to be so easily persuaded by Lhereux in Part 3: Chapter 2?

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

4. In Part 2: Chapter 9, Emma describes her emotions surrounding her relationship with Rodolphe as a "second puberty". What behaviors does she exhibit that resemble those of an adolescent?

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

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

7. In Part 2: Chapter 2, Emma meets Léon. What is it about him that Emma finds attractive?

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

9. In Chapter 1, what clues are given that Charles Bovary is a member of the middle class and is considered an "ordinary" person?

10. How does Charles' action in Part 2: Chapter 11 irrevocably change the nature of his relationship with Emma?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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