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 items did Félicité buy for her sister's family?

2. What is placed against the wainscoting in the living room?

3. The narrator describes Félicité as being made out of what material?

4. Which relative of Mme. Aubain's frequently comes to visit?

5. What is peculiar about Félicité's dress?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what extent would you say that this story is about Félicité? What do you think Flaubert wanted to say by writing a short story about a person like Félicité?

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

3. Does Victor seem to genuinely care for Félicité or is he only interested in taking things from her?

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

5. How does Félicité feel about Loulou before she begins to go deaf? How do you know?

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

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

9. How is it significant that the parrot is being eaten by maggots, but Félicité neither knows nor cares?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Compare and contrast Virginie and Victor. Félicité considers them to share the same place in her heart. What similarities of character and situation contribute to this sense for the reader? What differences distinguish them?

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