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 Lucy respond to her conversation with Dr. John and his accusations of jealousy?

2. How does Lucy view Paulina when she first meets her?

3. How do M. Paul's college students feel about him?

4. Why is Mr. Home's visiting Mrs. Bretton in the beginning of the novel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Miss Marchmont.

7. How does Lucy view Isidore?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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.

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