A Simple Heart Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What gift does Mme. Aubain receive from Mme. de Larsonniere?

2. What does Mme. Aubain do that offends Félicité?

3. What upsets Félicité the most about the prospect of selling the house?

4. How old is Mme. Aubain when she dies?

5. Why does Félicité run ten miles in her clogs?

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 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

Love is an important theme in "A Simple Heart." How could you argue that love is actually the central subject of this story?

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