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. Who tells Félicité that the house is for sale?

2. What is the rumor about Colmiche?

3. What is the parrot's first illness?

4. What do the boys in town do to Colmiche?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In this text, the sacred is frequently paired with the worldly. This is certainly true in Félicité's room and in her religious impressions, but there are also traces of it elsewhere. Where else can you see this mix of the religious and the secular? What do you think Flaubert might have meant by it? Be sure to support your analysis with specific examples from the text.

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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