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

2. What language does Emma decide she should learn to make herself feel better?

3. Where does Emma next see Monsieur Binet?

4. What does Monsieur Lhereux try to sell to Emma?

5. What gift does Léon bring to Emma?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the clichés that the dignitaries use who speak at the agricultural show in Part 2: Chapter 8?

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

3. Homais and Charles are a study in contrasts. Explain their differences as revealed in Part 2: Chapter 11.

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

5. Part 2: Chapter 7 introduces the reader to the foreshadowed relationship between Rodolphe and Emma. What are Rodolphe's perceptions of Emma's character?

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

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

8. Charles continually sacrifices to make his wife happy. Do you think this shows true selflessness or foolishness?

9. What are some details about Emma's ideal wedding in Chapter 3 that seem a bit eccentric or unusual?

10. Based on the comparison Emma makes between Charles and Léon is Part 2: Chapter 5, who do you think is better suited for her and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Emma loves to read, and she has a penchant for gothic, dramatic themes. Choose one of the following genres of literature that Emma enjoys reading. Explain the genre and its main themes, and then connect these themes to Emma's own life. How do the plots in these books reveal deeper aspects of Emma's personality?

- Historical novels by Sir Walter Scott.

- Biographies of unhappy women.

- Romantic novels.

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, Madame Bovary is a critique of the middle-class life, and the constraints, expectations, and disappointments that are a part of it. Compare the world of the Bovarys to a typical American middle class existence. Specifically, address the following issues faced by the typical middle class family today and relate them to themes that Flaubert threads throughout his novel:

- Debt and financial crises

- The increase in depression and the need for therapy

- A search for community through online or virtual meeting places rather than in face-to-face scenarios

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