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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

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 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

Pathos is an emotional response to a text. Hippolyte and the blind beggar both embody tragic characteristics and are characters that should inspire much pathos in the reader, however in the way they are presented, they often do not. Do you see these two characters as sympathetic? Why or why not? Specifically note how they are described in the text. What do you think is Flaubert's purpose in describing them this way?

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