A Simple Heart Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. When Félicité was 25-years-old, how old did people think she was?

3. Where does Félicité first meet Theodore?

4. How is Félicité's voice described?

5. Where is Trouville situated in the landscape?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does it seem important that Félicité asks Fabu's forgiveness before she dies?

3. Do you think it's significant that Félicité misses Virginie's death because she goes back to lock up in case of thieves?

4. Do you think that Félicité's final vision is religious or delusional? Does it matter?

5. What do we learn about Félicité through her relationship with Theodore?

6. What objects stand out in Félicité's collection of objects and what relationships can you find between them?

7. What is Félicité's final vision and what might it symbolize?

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

9. Does it seem surprising that Félicité's voice is shrill? Why do you think this detail is included in her description?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider the tone of the narrator in this story. Does the narrative guide your interpretations of events or is it a neutral voice? If you argue that it does, how? If you argue that it doesn't, how does it avoid commentary?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Mme. Aubain and Félicité's reactions to Virginie's death. How do their reactions fit in with their characters in general?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the story, Félicité assumes a maternal role in several of her relationships. The most prominent examples are Virginie, Victor, and Loulou, but there are, arguably, other examples. Choose at least three people (or animals) that Félicité develops a maternal affection for and compare them. How does this comparison reflect on Félicité? Does there seem to be a larger message implicit in this theme?

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