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. How does Léon know where Emma was staying?

2. Why does Emma want to convince Charles to take the case?

3. What does Charles do when Emma becomes violently ill?

4. Who had written to Emma's father to inform him of her death?

5. Why does Charles leave Emma during the opera?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Charles, Rodolphe, and Léon embody three very different types of man, all of whom play into Emma's needs in some way. Describe each of Emma's partners and what she initially finds attractive about them. What is it about each of them that she finds irritating or banal? Can you see any similarities in the three?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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