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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. How does Félicité lose her first job?

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

3. What is Félicité's defining act of heroism?

4. Why does the family move back home?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it significant that Félicité sleeps in her chair in front of the fire?

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

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

4. How does Félicité begin to confuse or associate the parrot with the Holy Spirit?

5. Why does Félicité offer the parrot for the altar in the Corpus Christi celebration?

6. Think back on the story as a whole. What do you think is the major theme and why?

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

8. Describe the impression that the narrator gives you of Mme. Aubain's house.

9. How does Félicité understand the Holy Spirit?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several instances of classism in this novel, especially between Mme. Aubain and Félicité, but also between others; for example, between M. Bourais and Félicité. Using specific examples from the text, consider the way that the narrator treats these instances and whether or not there is an implicit or overt commentary on the subject. Does the text pass a judgment on classist behavior or is it a straightforward depiction of the existence of classism?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze Félicité's relationship to religion and the divine. You might consider in particular the ways in which she seeks to draw literal relationships between descriptions and stories of God, or the divine and her literal earthly world. Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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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