A Simple Heart Test | 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. What color is the wainscoting in the living room?

2. What items did Félicité buy for her sister's family?

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

4. What hangs above the piano?

5. Who offers advice about where Paul should go to school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Félicité feel about Loulou before she begins to go deaf? How do you know?

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

3. Why do you think Félicité never talks about how worried she feels for Victor?

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

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

6. What do we learn about Félicité's eating habits and what do they tell us about her character?

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

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

9. What is your impression of Mme. Simon?

10. Why do you think it has such a big impact on Félicité when Mme. Aubain embraces her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the deaths of Victor and Virginie. What does each mean to Félicité? In what ways are the events the same and in what ways are they different? Why do you think that both deaths are included? What is the thematic impact of having these two deaths so close together that mirror each other in several critical ways?

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

Analyze the symbolism and meaning of Félicité's final vision. You should draw on passages from earlier in the novel to interpret the final vision. You should definitely consider the symbolism of the parrot. You might also consider the role that Loulou played in Félicité's life, her relationship to religion, her conception of the divine that is receiving her, the procession of Corpus Christi that is occurring as she has her vision, or any other things that you believe to be relevant.

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