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. What does Lucy find is missing when she arrives in Villette?

2. Why does Dr. John take Lucy to the theater alone?

3. Lucy is about to read her letter from Dr. John when she sees a dark figure, a nun. What does she forget when she goes to tell Madame Beck and her guests about the nun?

4. What does Mr. Home's letter to Mrs. Bretton say?

5. When Dr. John and Lucy are leaving the play, what do they see?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Lucy's voyage to France?

4. Why is Lucy taking German lessons?

5. How does Lucy view Isidore?

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

7. Describe Miss Marchmont.

8. Describe Paulina and Graham's relationship at the beginning of the book.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both M. Paul and Graham are friends of Lucy's, but they both interpret her character in different ways. Describe how both M. Paul and Graham see Lucy. Which man do you think truly knows Lucy's real character? What makes you feel this way? Please use examples from the book to defend your point of view.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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