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

2. What does Virginie wear to bathe?

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

4. What particularly bothered Mme. Aubain about the way that Félicité's family behaved?

5. What is Félicité's first job as a girl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Félicité's service for Mme. Aubain is described with some detail. What kind of an impression does Félicité's service give of Mme. Aubain?

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

5. Why do you think Flaubert has Félicité run all the way to say goodbye to Victor only to miss him at the last?

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

7. At the beginning of the story, what does the narrator tell us about Mme. Aubain's history?

8. Describe and provide an analysis of Mme. Aubain's reaction when Félicité tells her that she hasn't heard from Victor in six months.

9. 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?

10. How does Flaubert choose to describe the procession of Corpus Christi and Félicité's death? What affect does this have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The procession of Corpus Christi recurs in this story and is a critical aspect of the imagery in the final chapter. In what ways does the significance of this particular celebration relate to the important themes in this story? You should definitely consider how it might mirror Félicité's understanding of religion, but you may also consider and discuss any other relationships that strike you. Be sure to refer to specific examples from the text in your analysis.

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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