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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 is Félicité's relationship to Mme. Aubain?

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

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

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

5. What kind of a mantle is in the living room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Félicité begin to confuse or associate the parrot with the Holy Spirit?

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

5. Why do you think Félicité's reaction to Virginie's first communion is so much more powerful than her reaction to her own first communion?

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

7. What is your impression of Mme. Simon?

8. How do Félicité and Mme. Aubain react to Virginie's death?

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

10. How does Mme. Aubain respond to Félicité's reunion with her lost sister?

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

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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