Directions: The ACT Reading passage below is accompanied by several questions. After reading the passage, choose the best answer to each of the questions. You may refer to the passage as often as necessary.
The inability of Flaubert to escape his romantic leanings.
The failure of Emma to recognize and overcome her flaws.
The possible contradictory relationship between Flaubert’s message and his medium.
The belief that Flaubert’s novel was meant to be a treatise against overly romantic language.
By definition, themes are an inherently important, even essential, part of a well-crafted novel.
Flaubert did not see the inconsistency in writing about the dangers of reading novels within a novel.
Nineteenth-century French novelists were often inconsistent in their examination of themes.
If Charles had interfered with Emma’s literary obsession, he could have avoided his family’s downfall.
downplay the idea that Emma was justified in fantasizing constantly.
explain Flaubert’s simultaneous attraction to and repulsion by the arts.
provide an example of typical daily activities in a nineteenth-century French household.
emphasize that Charles did not read habitually for pleasure by listing his typical daily activities.
prove that Flaubert himself approved of overly romantic characters.
illustrate Flaubert’s use of hyperbolic language in a novel that supposedly decries romanticism.
suggest that Flaubert may have been unaware of his contradictory use of language.
demonstrate the romantic leanings of 19th-century French authors in general.
A college student who becomes so obsessed with video games that his schoolwork begins to suffer.
An employer overlooking an employee’s excessive time off and the resulting loss of productivity.
A moviegoer who sees five movies a day.
A man who golfs constantly.
review common preconceptions plaguing literary criticism.
explore tangential opinions regarding a minor work of fiction.
reinterpret a certain interpretation of a classic novel.
categorize the personality of Flaubert’s most famous heroine.
I and II only.
II and III only.
I and III only.
I, II, and III.
Her multiple love affairs.
Her poor financial investments.
Her passionate nature.
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