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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What news does Edna learn once she joins the others for dinner?

2. Why does Edna choose to remain in the hammock?

3. What does Mademoiselle Reisz say to Edna after her performance?

4. As Edna walks around town, who occupies her thoughts?

5. Where is Mr. Pontellier eager to go the next day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Edna leave the Ratignolles in a depressed rather than a happy state of mind?

2. Why does Adele urge Robert not to pursue Edna?

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

4. Why does Edna cry so hard after her husband scolds her for being what he considers a neglectful mother?

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

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

7. Why does Edna throw such a violent fit after Leonce takes off to have dinner at the club?

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point, Edna says that "Her marriage to Leonce Pontellier was purely an accident." Why?

Essay Topic 2

From the beginning the author portrays Leonce Pontellier in a negative light. But is he a truly a bad or evil person? Or is he just being the typical traditional southern man? Does he believe that he is being unfair or mean toward Edna?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author depict Edna's sense of being suffocated by the cultural restrictions on women in the 19th century? Do you think it is a fair assessment of how women lived during that time?

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