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Sentimental Education

Gustave Flaubert

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1. When Frédéric first sees Madame Arnoux, where is he going?

2. What is the name of Madame Arnoux’s daughter?

3. What happens to Frédéric’s son?

4. What form does Pellerin’s art ultimately take?

5. How many women does Frédéric swear to love?

6. Which of Madame Arnoux’s features shocks Frédéric at the end of the novel?

7. Which, if any, of Frédéric’s lovers does Deslauriers successfully marry?

8. What woman do Frédéric and Arnoux share sexually?

9. Why does Frédéric duel with Cisy?

10. What two portraits does Frédéric commission from Pellerin?

11. Why does Madame Arnoux fail to meet Frédéric on the Tuesday they have planned to walk together?

12. How many women ask Frédéric to marry them?

13. What ultimately happens to Dussardier?

14. Why is Rosanette called the Marshal?

15. Why does Frédéric pursue Madame Dambreuse so feverishly?

16. What is Monsieur Dambreuse’s relationship with Cecile?

17. When Frédéric first tries to woo Rosanette, whom does she choose instead?

18. What kind of factory does Arnoux run?

19. Why happens that prevents Frédéric from standing for election to the Assembly for a second time?

20. What is Mademoiselle Vatnaz’s view of marriage?

21. What two men try to marry Cecile?

22. What surprises Madame Dambreuse after her husband dies?

23. What happens at the duel between Frédéric and Cisy?

24. After the fall of the monarchy, what do the bourgeoisie fear losing?

25. What does Frédéric consider the best time of his life?

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