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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. Where is Félicité's bedroom?

2. What items did Félicité buy for her sister's family?

3. How does Paul make the journey to Tocqueville?

4. Why does Felicite leave the farm she was working at while she dated Theodore?

5. What state is the furniture in the parlor in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe and provide an analysis of Mme. Aubain's reaction when Félicité tells her that she hasn't heard from Victor in six months.

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider Félicité's relationship with her sister and her sister's family. Taking into account both their treatment of her and hers of them, what do Félicité's relationships with her family tell us about her character? Be sure to include her relationships with both Victor and her sister.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Mme. Aubain and Félicité's reactions to Virginie's death. How do their reactions fit in with their characters in general?

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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