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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. Describe Madame Antoine:
2. What does Edna realize about herself after learning of Robert's departure?
3. According to Mademoiselle Reisz, who is Madame Lebrun's favorite child?
4. Although they do not talk, what does the author say is happening between Robert and Edna?
5. What does Robert say in response to Edna's comment that they have spent the entire day together?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Mrs. Pontellier's reaction to hearing Mademoiselle Reisz's performance.
2. Chopin uses the image of water as a symbol for what?
3. Does Robert appear in any way to be a "bad boy"? If so, how?
4. Is Leonce at all upset that his wife has been away with another man?
5. Why does Edna throw such a violent fit after Leonce takes off to have dinner at the club?
6. If Edna were to tell Leonce how she really felt, would he understand? Would he listen? How would she tell him so it would get through to him?
7. Before Edna visits the Ratignolles, she is consumed by thoughts of Robert. Is she obsessed? Infatuated? Are her feelings genuine?
8. 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?
9. Why doe Edna feel so comfortable in Madame Antoine's house right away?
10. What do we learn is different about Mrs. Pontellier from the other wives who summer at the Grande Isle?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dr. Mandelet is also an important character in this story. Why? Why does Leonce feel more at ease opening up about his marital problems with the doctor than confronting Edna directly about their difficulties?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The story begins at Grand Isle and ends there. Why?
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