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 does Félicité hold in her hands while she sleeps?

2. What is piled on the piano?

3. What food item lasted Félicité 20 days?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is it significant that the parrot is being eaten by maggots, but Félicité neither knows nor cares?

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

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

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

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

9. Why do you think the narrator conceals the real cause of Loulou's death?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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