The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sandra Gulland
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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. What illness had Rose survived in the past, which has lingering effects?

2. Why does Desiree change Rose's gown and make-up?

3. What does Rose discover when Joseph awakens her in 'Mademoiselle'?

4. What is Alexandre's perception of Rose?

5. Who accompanies Rose to see a fortune teller?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is it evident that Rose is homesick?

2. Who is Fanny and what does she think about Rose's state of mind in the year after Rose's wedding?

3. Why is Rose chosen to be the daughter who is betrothed to Alexandre?

4. How do Rose and Alexandre perceive each other on their first meeting?

5. Why is Rose so unhappy on her birthday in 'Mademoiselle'?

6. Describe Rose's family.

7. Who is Rose's first child?

8. What is Alexandre's position on his affair with Laure?

9. With whom does Rose first fall in love?

10. How does Alexandre insult Rose in a letter in 'Vicomtese'?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the career of the author of the novel "The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B". Sandra Gulland. What other works has she written? Does she write in other genres? Is she respected in the literary world? What are some of the characteristics of her writing?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of adultery in the novel. How does Rose feel about Alexandre's extramarital affairs? Why does she agree to look after his illegitimate children? What compels Rose to take on a lover of her own? How does Rose's father's dalliances affect her?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting of the novel; Paris during the French Revolution. What are some of the characteristics of this time period? How does this time period shape the novel? Is the novel an accurate portrayal of how life would have been for the upper class during the French Revolution? Why or why not?

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