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. As Emma and Léon get to know each other, what do they originally discuss?

2. What is one of the things that Charles does to show his complete adoration of Emma?

3. How does Homais want Charles to help him?

4. What does Emma tell Binet she is doing to hide her secret?

5. What happens to Berthe when Emma returns from her meeting with Abbé Bournisien?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. By Part 2: Chapter 7, do you think Emma has become a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

3. Emma seeks comfort in the church in Part 2: Chapter 6. How does her interaction with Abbé Bournisien reflect on her personal interaction with religion?

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

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

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 specifically does Charles do to help Emma recover that shows his true devotion to his wife in Part 2: Chapter 13?

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

9. How are the other people attending the opera described in Part 2: Chapter 15?

10. In Part 2: Chapter 3 we meet the wet nurse, Mère Rollet. Describe Mère Rollet's home as it provides a contrast to the relative luxury of Emma's home.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Three characters embody the servant class in the novel: Justin, Félicité, and Mère Rollet. What are their roles in the novel? How do they interact with Emma? They are servants, but Emma also manipulates them to serve her own personal interests. Describe how she does this and what their reactions are to her both in life and in death.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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