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 Mr. Home respond to the news that Lucy is a teacher?

2. Paulina tells Lucy that her cousin Ginevra has told her much about love. What is one thing that Ginevra has told Paulina?

3. What is the name of the ship that Lucy takes to France?

4. What disaster happens during the play that leads to the patrons being evacuated from the hall?

5. What color is the new dress that Mrs. Bretton purchases for Lucy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Lucy taking German lessons?

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

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

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

10. How do Dr. John and Mrs. Bretton become reunited with Mr. Home toward the middle of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of womanhood is prevalent throughout the novel with two main types of womanhood being illustrated through the characters of Paulina and Ginevra. Describe the different types womanhood that these characters represent by using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Madame Beck is an antagonist in the story of Villette? Defend your answer in three parts, and use at least one example from the book for each argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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