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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 struggles the most when Paul goes away?

2. How long have Félicité and Mme. Aubain been in this relationship?

3. What is Félicité's defining act of heroism?

4. What is unusual about the children's beds?

5. Where is Trouville situated in the landscape?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. How does the narrator describe the woman to whom Paul is engaged?

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 scene of Félicité's death juxtaposes her personal experience and a very public religious celebration. Consider why Flaubert chose to represent her death in this context. How does the procession impact the way we read and understand Félicité's passing?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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