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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. What do Robert and Edna do before Mr. Pontellier returns to the cottage?
(a) They debate the merits of American literature.
(b) They play games with the children.
(c) She sits in the hammock and Robert smokes, in silence.
(d) They bake a pie together.

2. When Edna cannot find Mademoiselle Reisz, who does she go to for help?
(a) Madame Lebrun
(b) Adele Ratignolle
(c) Leonce
(d) The Police

3. Describe Mrs. Pontellier's eyes.
(a) It is impossible to see her eyes hidden behind sunglasses
(b) Quick, bright, yellowish brown, about the color of her hair
(c) Green and grayish at the same time
(d) Dull, slow, blue like the sky

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

5. What does Edna see when Mademoiselle Reisz plays?
(a) The future in gross detail
(b) Nothing. But she feels passions that make her choke with tears.
(c) Her life unfold like a beautiful flower
(d) Herself playing the piano

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Edna do that surprises everyone?

2. What do the Farival twins perform at the Grand Isle celebration?

3. Why is Robert at Grande Isle?

4. What does Mr. Pontellier promise to bring back for his sons?

5. Over whom did Victor and Robert once fight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think compelled Edna to jump into the ocean for a swim?

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

3. Madame Ratignolle--what kind of woman is she?

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

5. In Chapter 11, Edna defies her husband. Is she victorious?

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

7. The author says that Edna's will had blazed up. However, Leonce has a strong will, too. What is going on in this chapter? How is the Pontellier marriage changing?

8. Chopin uses the image of water as a symbol for what?

9. What do you think the author means when she says Edna was beginning to understand her place in the universe as a woman and as a human being?

10. Despite his sudden departure, and the way in which she found out he was leaving, Edna really misses him. Why is his absence so painful for her?

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