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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. Why does Edna choose to remain in the hammock?

2. What does Robert talk a great deal about?

3. What do Robert and Edna do before Mr. Pontellier returns to the cottage?

4. Alone in her room, what does Edna do?

5. Who does Robert ask to perform for Mrs. Pontellier?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Do you think Mr. Pontellier is too angry and too demanding when he gets angry at his wife for breaking their Tuesday routine?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Despite growing closer to Adele, why does Edna still not reveal her thoughts to Adele?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Critics call this novel a classic. Define the term classic Do you agree that The Awakening is a classic? Why or why not? Did you learn anything new from reading it?

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

Edna could have insisted that Robert come with her to the Ratignolle's house but did not. If they had gone together, would they have had a chance at a lifetime of happiness, or, were they doomed no matter what?

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