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 smell pervades the living room?

2. Who looks after the management of Mme. Aubain's property?

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

4. Who struggles the most when Paul goes away?

5. How does Virginie make the journey to Tocqueville?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do we learn about Félicité's eating habits and what do they tell us about her character?

4. Describe the scene with the bull and explain why you think it is important.

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

6. Explain the irony of Félicité's dismissal from her first job.

7. What are some examples of times when Félicité has been abused or disregarded? Describe them and explain how she is being treated poorly.

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

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

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

Félicité's relationship with Theodore seems relatively minor in the context of the overall narrative. Why do you think Flaubert chose to include it? How does knowing that about Félicité alter our perception of her throughout the rest of the story? You should discuss at least three ways in which our perception of Félicité is affected by her failed relationship with Theodore.

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

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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