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. Who is Isidore?

3. Miss Marchmont mentions "Frank", who is Frank?

4. When Lucy returns to school, she notices her letters are missing. Who does she think has been looking at these letters?

5. After the concert, who does Dr. John say he might give his lottery prize to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Zylie so interested in M. Paul?

3. Why does M. Paul show Lucy's essay to his colleagues?

4. How does Lucy feel about to returning to La Rue Fossette after her illness?

5. Why does Madame Beck send Lucy on the errand to Madame Walravens?

6. How does M. Paul respond to Lucy breaking his glasses?

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

8. In Chapter 31, Lucy is trying to create a plan to gain more independence, what is her plan?

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

10. When M. Paul comes to say farewell to Lucy, in what state does he find her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lucy is considered a dynamic character in the story of Villette. Describe what a dynamic character is and why Lucy fulfills the requirements to be considered a dynamic character. In contrast, explain what a static character is and provide one example of such a character that can be found in the story.

Essay Topic 2

When Charlotte Bronte wrote Villette, Gothic Novels were very popular. Please describe the qualifications of what makes a novel a Gothic novel. Provide three examples of elements that are found in Gothic novels and also found in the story of Villette.

Essay Topic 3

Lucy has significant relationships with both Paulina and Ginevra in the story. The reader can see, in the latter part of the novel, Lucy comparing the characters of Paulina and Ginevra to one another, and declaring one of them a better person than the other. Please compare and contrast Paulina and Ginevra's characters, give examples from the book, then explain which character you like more and why.

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