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. Who does Lucy visit after Miss Marchmont dies?

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

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

4. What nickname does Graham tend to call Lucy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rosine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Lucy taking German lessons?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The fear of being alone or forgotten seems to haunt Lucy. Give at least three examples of Lucy's fear of being alone and/or forgotten. How did this fear affect certain relationships that Lucy has? How does her fear affect her view of her life? Why do you think this fear exists for Lucy?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the relationship triangle that exists between Paulina, Graham, and Mr. Home. Which relationship holds the most tension? Which person is at the center of the triangle? How does the relationship triangle get resolved toward the end of the novel?

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