Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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?
The acquisition of material possessions is almost as important to Emma as acquiring affection and romance. In this way, Lhereux can be seen as another of Emma's lovers, since through his knowledge of her debts he is actually involved in a very intimate relationship with her. She spends a lot of time with him, and he must understand her in a way that is much more objective than others do, in order to get what he wants from her. Describe in what ways Lhereux is like another lover to Emma? How does he see Emma differently from the way Charles does or Rodolphe and Léon do? What does he know about her that no one else does? Does the fact that his relationship with her is "strictly business" make their relationship any more or less moral? Why?
Although Emma is very much a Victorian woman, her story could also take place in modern times. How might her situation in life be different if she was alive in the 21st century? What options may have been open to her as a modern woman that weren't in the time of the book? What situations would be the same?
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