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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What state is the furniture in the parlor in?

2. How many properties does Mme. Aubain still own?

3. How long does Félicité's family stay on their first visit?

4. When the family rests in the field, what does Paul do?

5. How is Mme. Aubain's husband described?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the impression that the narrator gives you of Mme. Aubain's house.

2. To what extent would you say that this story is about Félicité? What do you think Flaubert wanted to say by writing a short story about a person like Félicité?

3. How does the narrator describe the woman to whom Paul is engaged?

4. Why does Félicité offer the parrot for the altar in the Corpus Christi celebration?

5. What does the narrator say about Félicité's age and appearance and why might this be an important detail?

6. Why do you think that it struck Félicité as wrong that Mme. Aubain should die before she did?

7. How do Félicité and Mme. Aubain react to Virginie's death?

8. How does Mme. Aubain respond to Félicité's reunion with her lost sister?

9. Does Victor seem to genuinely care for Félicité or is he only interested in taking things from her?

10. Why do you think Félicité is hurt by people's jokes about Loulou?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this text, the sacred is frequently paired with the worldly. This is certainly true in Félicité's room and in her religious impressions, but there are also traces of it elsewhere. Where else can you see this mix of the religious and the secular? What do you think Flaubert might have meant by it? Be sure to support your analysis with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the relationship between Félicité and Mme. Aubain. The culminating event in their relationship is, of course, the moment of embrace and equality, but several other things happen between them that helps to place each of them in a certain relationship to the world around them. Write an essay that considers the way that Félicité and Mme. Aubain's relationship helps to ground each of them in a clear relationship to their world. Some details you might want to look at are Mme. Aubain's treatment of Félicité's actual family and Félicité's sense that it was wrong for Mme. Aubain to die before she did.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Virginie and Victor. Félicité considers them to share the same place in her heart. What similarities of character and situation contribute to this sense for the reader? What differences distinguish them?

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