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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

Consider the relationship between Félicité and Mme. Aubain. The culminating event in their relationship is, of course, the moment of embrace and equality, but several other things happen between them that helps to place each of them in a certain relationship to the world around them. Write an essay that considers the way that Félicité and Mme. Aubain's relationship helps to ground each of them in a clear relationship to their world. Some details you might want to look at are Mme. Aubain's treatment of Félicité's actual family and Félicité's sense that it was wrong for Mme. Aubain to die before she did.

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

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?

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