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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. Where will Montel be next month?
(a) On a cruise ship
(b) Santa Cruz
(c) Vera Cruz
(d) No one is really sure

2. How does the author describe Edna's feelings for her own children?
(a) She is fond of them in an uneven, impulsive way.
(b) She is not fond of them at all.
(c) She is fond of them because the law says she should be.
(d) She adores them completely.

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

4. Edna thinks her husband's bad humor is because of:
(a) The hot weather
(b) His work
(c) Her
(d) His bad finances

5. How does Edna react to the news she learns at dinner?
(a) She is delighted.
(b) She is shocked.
(c) She is skeptical.
(d) She has no reaction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who approaches Mr. Pontellier underneath a white sunshade?

2. According to Edna, her marriage to Leonce Pontellier was purely an:

3. Where is Robert when Edna discovers his plan?

4. What is singing in French and a little Spanish?

5. How does Edna feel upon leaving the Ratignolles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of Mariequita in this part of the story?

2. Why doe Edna feel so comfortable in Madame Antoine's house right away?

3. Describe Mrs. Pontellier's reaction to hearing Mademoiselle Reisz's performance.

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

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

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

7. Why do you think Robert manages to get Mademoiselle Reisz to play for Edna?

8. Describe Edna's feelings when she learns Robert is leaving for Mexico.

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

10. Mrs. Pontellier and Madame Ratignolle have a heated argument in which Edna says she would be willing to give up anything for her children except for herself. What does she mean by this? And why does it upset Madame Ratignolle so much?

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