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. Why does Paulina come to live with Mrs. Bretton in Chapter One?

2. A fortnight after Lucy's return to school, M. Paul delivers something to her. What is it?

3. Why is Ginevra Fanshawe also going to France?

4. Who's decision gives Lucy the job at Madame Beck's?

5. Who does Graham seem to think Lucy is jealous of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lucy deny that she has feelings for Dr. John?

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

3. Why is Paulina afraid to tell her father that she is in love with Graham?

4. How does Lucy view Paulina when she first comes to stay with the Brettons?

5. What advice does the priest give Lucy in Chapter 15?

6. Describe Madame Walravens.

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

8. What are three things that Lucy does in the three years M. Paul is gone?

9. Madame Beck tells Lucy she cannot marry M. Paul. Why does Lucy think Madame Beck is saying this?

10. Does Lucy believe that the older Paulina is a good person?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fear of being alone or forgotten seems to haunt Lucy. Give at least three examples of Lucy's fear of being alone and/or forgotten. How did this fear affect certain relationships that Lucy has? How does her fear affect her view of her life? Why do you think this fear exists for Lucy?

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is a common occurrence in the story. Please explain the idea of symbolism and explain what a symbol is. Explain why a symbol may be seen negatively by one group or individual and positively by another group or individual. Choose one example from the story and explain how this example displays symbolism.

Essay Topic 3

Religion is a theme seen throughout the novel. Explain the role that religion play in the following settings/relationships:

a) Between Lucy and her students.

b) In Lucy's relationship with M. Paul.

c) In how others in France (e.g., Pire Silas, Madame Beck) view Lucy.

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