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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. After declining Robert's invitation to go to the beach, how does Edna feel?
2. According to Mademoiselle Reisz, who is Madame Lebrun's favorite child?
3. Was Edna a good swimming student?
4. What happens to Edna at the service?
5. Who does Robert ask to perform for Mrs. Pontellier?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 11, Edna defies her husband. Is she victorious?
2. Describe Edna's feelings when she learns Robert is leaving for Mexico.
3. Why do you think Robert manages to get Mademoiselle Reisz to play for Edna?
4. 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?
5. Given all of the time and attention and affection from Robert and now his sudden departure, what kind of person is he? Do you think he is different from the man you first read about? Has he been deceptive? Is he fearful?
6. Does Robert appear in any way to be a "bad boy"? If so, how?
7. Is Leonce at all upset that his wife has been away with another man?
8. What is the purpose of Mariequita in this part of the story?
9. Why does Edna leave the Ratignolles in a depressed rather than a happy state of mind?
10. How does Chopin use foreshadowing in this chapter to warn of events to come?
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
Although Mademoiselle Reisz is not a lifelong friend or acquaintance, how does she quickly become close with Edna? Why is she an important person in Edna's life? Why is she a critical character in this entire story?
Essay Topic 3
Is The Awakening a critique of women's stature in the late 19th century? Was Kate Chopin taking a risk by writing this at the time she did?
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