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

2. Why does Lucy regularly visit the hotel?

3. What does M. de Bassompierre ask Lucy to do for Paulina?

4. What does Lucy win at the lottery?

5. How does Lucy view Paulina now that she is older?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Miss Marchmont.

2. How does Ginevra's uncle respond to her elopement?

3. What reason does Lucy give Paulina for why she is a teacher?

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

5. How do others feel about M. Paul and Lucy's relationship in light of their differing religious views?

6. Why does M. Paul disapprove of Lucy looking at the Cleopatra?

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

8. How does Lucy feel about Pire Silas when she is first interacting with him?

9. How does Paulina act when Mr. Home returns to the Bretton's in the beginning of the novel?

10. How does M. Paul respond to Lucy's jealousy about Justine Marie?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the early chapters of the book we find Lucy alone and hopeless. At the end of the book we find Lucy still somewhat alone, but no longer hopeless. Who or what plays a role in Lucy moving from a place of hopelessness to a place of hope? Describe how Lucy gains hope throughout her journey in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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