The Awakening Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. According to Mademoiselle Reisz, who is Madame Lebrun's favorite child?

2. What does Robert do while Mrs. Pontellier paints?

3. Mrs. Pontellier talks about:

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

5. What were some of the reasons Edna decided to marry Leonce Pontellier?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Edna and Adele grow close. How are they different?

3. 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?

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

5. Why does Robert want to stay and talk to Edna rather than leave?

6. What is the first thing that Edna wonders after she wakes up at Madame Antoine's?

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

8. How does Chopin use foreshadowing in this chapter to warn of events to come?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

When Edna and Dr. Mandelet leave the Ratignolle house (Chapter 38), the doctor says "It seems to me my dear child, you seem to me to be in trouble." Although he does not ask her what is bothering her, he offers to hear her out and help her. He also believes that he knows what is troubling her. Could he have saved her if she had let him?

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