Villette Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Paulina respond when Mr. Home's leaves in Chapter Three?

2. In Chapter 12, a small object falls out of a window that Lucy is sitting under. What is that object?

3. Why does Madame Beck seem upset when Dr. John leaves?

4. What does Lucy find when she return to her room after leaving the Etude de soir?

5. In Chapter 14, what big summer celebration is going to take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Madame Beck's relationship with her children.

2. Describe Rosine.

3. Why do Ginevra's words that she believed Lucy "a little nobody" not matter to Lucy?

4. Why does Lucy decide to bury her letters from Dr. John?

5. How does Lucy feel about to returning to La Rue Fossette after her illness?

6. Why doesn't Lucy like the readings from the "Old Book"?

7. How does Lucy come to be at La Terrasse?

8. How does the note in the casket describe Lucy?

9. Why does Lucy get sent to the garret by M. Paul?

10. Why is Lucy disappointed when Graham calls her his Silent Shadow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Madame Beck is an antagonist in the story of Villette? Defend your answer in three parts, and use at least one example from the book for each argument.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is an element of literature that can be seen in several relationships throughout the novel. Describe the idea of foreshadowing; provide three examples of foreshadowing that can be found in Villette and explain why these examples can be seen as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

M. Paul and Lucy's relationship is introduced to the reader early in the novel and is an integral part of Lucy's story. Please describe the development of M. Paul and Lucy's relationship from their first encounter through the end of the novel. Please give specific examples from the story to show the various changes or stages in Lucy and M. Paul's relationship. Did any central themes play out through this relationship? If so, which ones?

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