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 Lucy spend so much time with Miss Marchmont in Chapter Four?

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

3. What is the one final exam that M. Paul cannot administer because he does not know the subject well enough?

4. According to the doctor, who found Lucy after she had fainted earlier?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dr. John do when he finds his letter to Lucy in the garret?

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

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

4. How does Lucy respond to Madame Beck's offer for her to teach?

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

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

7. How is Lucy after Miss Marchmont's death?

8. Describe Rosine.

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

10. What happens to Lucy as she is looking for the inn in Villette?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what narration is and what type of narration was used in the story of Villette. Give three examples from the novel of how the use of narration in Villette was essential to the story. Please explain if you liked the type of narration used in Villette--why or why not? If possible, use examples from the story.

Essay Topic 2

M. Paul seems to bring out facets of Lucy's personality that others cannot and that Lucy was not aware that she had or could have. Give three examples of this scenario and describe what M. Paul does to bring these character traits out in Lucy. Why might he be able to bring these character traits out in Lucy?

Essay Topic 3

The literary element of conflict is found throughout Lucy's story. Please define conflict as a literary function. Describe the following three types of conflict and give one example from the story for each of these types of conflict:

1) Man vs. man.

2) Man vs. self.

3) Man vs. society.

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