A Simple Heart Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When the family rests in the field, what does Paul do?

2. When Félicité was 25-years-old, how old did people think she was?

3. Where does Félicité first meet Theodore?

4. How is Félicité's voice described?

5. Where is Trouville situated in the landscape?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think that it struck Félicité as wrong that Mme. Aubain should die before she did?

2. Does it seem important that Félicité asks Fabu's forgiveness before she dies?

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

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

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

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

7. What is Félicité's final vision and what might it symbolize?

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

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

10. Why do you think Félicité is hurt by people's jokes about Loulou?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What is the symbolic significance of the parrot? Review the parrots role in the story and create an argument that describes how the parrot functions symbolically in "A Simple Heart." As always, be sure to include specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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