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 is the last thing Félicité does before going to sleep?

2. On nice days, where do Félicité and the Aubain family go?

3. How does Paul make the journey to Tocqueville?

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

5. What food item lasted Félicité 20 days?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it significant that Félicité sleeps in her chair in front of the fire?

3. What do you think Félicité means when she says of Victor's death that "'It doesn't matter a bit, not to them it doesn't'"?

4. How does Félicité understand the Holy Spirit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this text, the sacred is frequently paired with the worldly. This is certainly true in Félicité's room and in her religious impressions, but there are also traces of it elsewhere. Where else can you see this mix of the religious and the secular? What do you think Flaubert might have meant by it? Be sure to support your analysis with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe and analyze Félicité's relationship to religion and the divine. You might consider in particular the ways in which she seeks to draw literal relationships between descriptions and stories of God, or the divine and her literal earthly world. Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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