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. What event causes the delay of the "Hirondelle" and also marks the loss of Emma's last remaining confidante?

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

3. Why is Boulanger's attention in such high demand at the fair?

4. How old was Emma when she was sent to the convent to study?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. By Part 3: Chapter 4, has Léon become a better person or a worse person since beginning his affair with Emma?

2. 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?

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

4. How has Léon changed when we meet him again in Part 3: Chapter 1?

5. What is ironic about Emma's death in Part 3: Chapter 8?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Emma seek refuge at the home of Mère Rollet in Part 2: Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Emma is very much a Victorian woman, her story could also take place in modern times. How might her situation in life be different if she was alive in the 21st century? What options may have been open to her as a modern woman that weren't in the time of the book? What situations would be the same?

Essay Topic 2

Two times in the novel Emma contemplates suicide, and is successful in the second case. Why do you think she felt that she had no other options? What clues in her personality and behavior revealed that suicide would be an option to her?

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, Emma's love relationships and focus on shopping show us the indications of a manic or addictive personality. Provide examples from throughout the text that indicate this. Would you consider Emma to be an addict? Why or why not? Do you think Emma could have ever been helped? Explain why.

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