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. Lucy goes into the alley to the nun's tree. While she is there, what does she see

2. How does Lucy feel her first night in London?

3. In Chapter 13, Lucy is in the Etude de soir for the evening to study but soon leaves, why does she leave?

4. Lucy returns to the school after her time with the Brettons. Who does she see watching her through the window as she is crying?

5. Where does Lucy find herself near when she is praying in London?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Miss Marchmont.

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

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

4. How does Lucy seem to feel about her vocation being made known to the Bassompierre's?

5. How does Lucy feel about Graham thinking that she is jealous of Ginevra?

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

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

8. In Chapter 16, how does Mrs. Bretton react to seeing her goddaughter again?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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