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. Who does Félicité hear Liebard talk about from her past?

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

3. Why does the family move back home?

4. Where is Félicité's bedroom?

5. What kind of a wage does Félicité earn?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How do Mme. Aubain and Félicité's reactions to Virginie's departure differ from each other?

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

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

9. What is the irony of Félicité's long search for Loulou?

10. 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'"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Love is an important theme in "A Simple Heart." How could you argue that love is actually the central subject of this story?

Essay Topic 3

Flaubert is a critical figure in the literary movement called Realism, in which authors attempted to tell a story that mimics life as it actually is. To what extent is "A Simple Heart" realistic? Is Félicité a realistic character? In what ways would you answer yes and in what ways no? Do you think that realism is an attainable goal for a piece of literature?

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