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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Emma threaten to do to her beloved piano?
2. What hobby does Emma decide to pursue again?
3. Why does Charles suggest Emma stay on in Rouen without him?
4. What annoys Emma about Charles during the performance?
5. When he visits Emma in Yonville, where does Léon first meet her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel, the middle-class is contrasted to the upper-class. Compare and contrast how Flaubert describes and characterizes these two groups using examples specifically from the two main events highlighting them: the ball and the agricultural fair.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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