A Simple Heart Test | Final Test - Hard

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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

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

Essay Topic 2

Mme. Aubain frequently functions as a foil for Félicité. Find several examples of this in the text and consider how Flaubert uses Mme. Aubain to draw attention to various aspects of Félicité's character.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the symbolism and meaning of Félicité's final vision. You should draw on passages from earlier in the novel to interpret the final vision. You should definitely consider the symbolism of the parrot. You might also consider the role that Loulou played in Félicité's life, her relationship to religion, her conception of the divine that is receiving her, the procession of Corpus Christi that is occurring as she has her vision, or any other things that you believe to be relevant.

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