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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 did Félicité's family do in order to be near Félicité?

2. What cure does the doctor recommend for Virginie's nervous complaint?

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

4. Who does Félicité find while she is in Trouville?

5. What is placed against the wainscoting in the living room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Think back on the story as a whole. What do you think is the major theme and why?

2. Why does Mme. Simon nurse Félicité as she is dying?

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. What is your impression of Mme. Simon?

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

6. Why do you think Mme. Aubain shakes slightly when she sees Félicité respond to the news of her nephew's death?

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

8. On the way to Trouville, Félicité overhears Liebard talking about the woman that Theodore left her to marry, but she does not hear the end of the story. What, if any, function does this have in the story?

9. How is Félicité introduced to the reader in the first chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

When Félicité is on her way to ship Loulou to the taxidermist, she is struck in the face with a whip. How does her reaction to this event mirror her behavior in other parts of the story? You should discuss at least three specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The most crucial moment in Félicité's relationship with Mme. Aubain is when the two of them embrace. Analyze this scene and Félicité's reaction to the experience. How does this change her relationship with Mme. Aubain? Why is it so important to Félicité? What impact does it have on the story generally?

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