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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Emma scrambling for money?
2. What does Flaubert compare the stagecoach to?
3. Who had written to Emma's father to inform him of her death?
4. How long after Emma's death did her father learn of it?
5. What does Emma want Charles to buy for Hippolyte?
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
Flaubert uses one terse line at the end of Part 1: Chapter 9 to inform the reader of Emma's pregnancy. Throughout the rest of the novel, the motherhood aspect of Emma's femininity is down-played or erratic at best. Deconstruct Emma's role as a mother. What do you think her relationship was like with her own mother? What kind of mother is she to Berthe?
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