The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B Test | Final 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. Who accompanies Rose to the family plantation in 'Madam'?

2. What conclusion can be made when a person in prison has been called to be tried?

3. Who objects to Rose's move in 'Madam'?

4. What is a dauphin?

5. Who does Rose ask to accompany her to visit Marie in 'Madam'?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the situation regarding Rose's filing for a legal separation from Alexandre?

2. Why does Rose bear such guilt over Amalia and Frederick's failed second attempt to escape to England?

3. Why does Rose leave the island prior to an invasion by the English?

4. What does Rose learn about the profits from the family's plantation business?

5. Why does Claire believe that Mimi should be sold?

6. Why is Alexandre once again absent from the family in 'Citoyenne'?

7. What effect does the turmoil in France have on Rose's life in 'Citoyenne'?

8. What is Hortense's reaction to Alexandre upon her return to Paris?

9. Why would people refer to Eugene as a "dauphin"?

10. What is the encounter between Rose and William Browden like in 'Madam'?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the death motif in the novel "The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B". Who dies in the novel and why? How do these deaths affect Rose, particularly the death of her first husband, Alexandre?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and interpret Rose. How does Gulland's portrayal of Rose differ from the real historical figure? What are Rose's defining character traits? What are her major goals in life?

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