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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. 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

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

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

Throughout the novel, the middle-class is contrasted to the upper-class. Compare and contrast how Flaubert describes and characterizes these two groups using examples specifically from the two main events highlighting them: the ball and the agricultural fair.

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