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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 is the center of activity in Yonville?
2. Where does Emma wish she had spent her honeymoon with Charles?
3. What event does Homais disclose is coming to Yonville?
4. What happens on Emma's wedding night that causes some people to think that she and her father are acting above their class?
5. What is the name of the town clerk who boards with the Homais family and is incredibly bored with the provincial life in Yonville?
Short Essay Questions
1. Charles continually sacrifices to make his wife happy. Do you think this shows true selflessness or foolishness?
2. How does Emma sink even deeper in debt in Part 3: Chapter 5?
3. Explain what happens to Homais in Part 3: Chapter 11. Do you think he deserves this?
4. Emma has a very fickle nature. What are some examples of this that are revealed in Part 2: Chapter 3?
5. How has Léon changed when we meet him again in Part 3: Chapter 1?
6. Emma goes back and forth between passionate elation at her affair and guilt over betraying Charles in Part 2: Chapter 10. Why do you think she continues her affair with Rodolphe?
7. Rodolphe is a very manipulative character. What are some ways he manipulates both Charles and Emma in Part 2: Chapter 9?
8. What are some details about Emma's ideal wedding in Chapter 3 that seem a bit eccentric or unusual?
9. Describe the beggar's appearance in Part 3: Chapter 5.
10. Why do people begin to suspect in Part 2: Chapter 4 that Léon and Emma might have affections for one another?
Essay Topic 1
Emma is looking for an idealized love that she quickly realizes is not to be found within a middle-class marriage. Describe Emma's ideal relationship. Who would be her perfect partner? Does such a person exist? Do you think Emma ever could have found happiness?
Essay Topic 2
Emma, Charles' mother, and the first Madame Bovary are a study in contrasts. How do these three women compare throughout the novel?
Specifically comment on the following:
- What are the similarities and differences in their appearance?
- How do they treat the men in their lives?
- Compare and contrast their goals and ideals.
Essay Topic 3
The novel presents many tragic deaths, and the characters deal with them in often what seem like unsympathetic ways. What does this tell you about Flaubert's view of middle-class society. Describe the following deaths and how the surviving friends and family members react to them:
• The death of Charles' first wife.
• The death of Charles' father.
• Emma's death.
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