Madame Bovary Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Emma call out for in her final moments?

2. What happens when Emma arrives back at her hotel?

3. When Emma receives Rodolphe's letter breaking it off with her, what is her first thought to do?

4. How does Homais cover up Emma's suicide?

5. Once she gets a bit of money what does Emma purchase from Lhereux?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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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