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 described as the despair of the other housemaids?

2. What was Mme. Aubain's annual income?

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

4. What is unusual about the floors in Mme. Aubain's house?

5. What are some of Félicité's chores?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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'"?

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

3. Does it seem surprising that Félicité's voice is shrill? Why do you think this detail is included in her description?

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

5. What objects stand out in Félicité's collection of objects and what relationships can you find between them?

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

7. Do you think that Félicité's final vision is religious or delusional? Does it matter?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the tone of the narrator in this story. Does the narrative guide your interpretations of events or is it a neutral voice? If you argue that it does, how? If you argue that it doesn't, how does it avoid commentary?

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