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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Edna choose to remain in the hammock?
(a) She feels that her will had blazed up, stubborn and resistant.
(b) She has always preferred hammocks to beds.
(c) She thinks it may make Leonce romantic.
(d) She likes the salty air.

2. How does Victor Lebrun describe Edna?
(a) Homely
(b) Lacking in fashion taste
(c) Cute but too thin
(d) Ravishing

3. What does Robert do while Mrs. Pontellier paints?
(a) He often rests his head on her arm.
(b) He becomes very silent.
(c) He tickles her.
(d) He paints, too.

4. After declining Robert's invitation to go to the beach, how does Edna feel?
(a) She feels contradictory, regretting she had not gone and glad that she had not.
(b) She is glad to be alone and painting
(c) She feels sad, because it might the last time he ever asks her.
(d) She feels relieved, because she cannot swim.

5. Rather than paint, what does Mr. Pontellier think his wife should be doing?
(a) Volunteering at a hospital
(b) Getting a job
(c) Looking after the children and household
(d) Going back to school

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Robert say in response to Edna's comment that they have spent the entire day together?

2. Why is Robert at Grande Isle?

3. On what street do the Pontelliers live?

4. Madame Lebrun remarks that sometimes she thinks Mrs. Pontellier is:

5. What had Edna attempted to learn all summer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first impression the author gives of Mr. Pontellier?

2. Robert talks about his mother, Mrs. Lebrun. What does his mother do at the Grande Isle?

3. What do we learn is different about Mrs. Pontellier from the other wives who summer at the Grande Isle?

4. What is the first impression the author gives of Mrs. Pontellier?

5. Why do you think Mr. Pontellier is so enraged at his wife when he thinks Raoul has a fever?

6. Does Robert appear in any way to be a "bad boy"? If so, how?

7. Before Edna visits the Ratignolles, she is consumed by thoughts of Robert. Is she obsessed? Infatuated? Are her feelings genuine?

8. What is the first thing that Edna wonders after she wakes up at Madame Antoine's?

9. Once Edna has returned to the cottage, she finds herself alone and contemplates her life. Does she feel that she has changed since arriving at the Grande Isle? Does she understand how these changes, however small or dramatic, could be life-changing for her?

10. How does Chopin use foreshadowing in this chapter to warn of events to come?

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