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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. Once Mr. Pontellier is asleep, Mrs. Pontellier leaves the room and:

2. Rather than paint, what does Mr. Pontellier think his wife should be doing?

3. Who does Edna search for?

4. What kind of woman is Edna not?

5. Where is Leonce when Edna returns from the Cheniere?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are Robert Lebrun and Alcee Arobin alike? Or are they dramatically different from one another?

2. Why does Edna not want to attend her sister's wedding?

3. Despite his sudden departure, and the way in which she found out he was leaving, Edna really misses him. Why is his absence so painful for her?

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

5. Did the author give any warning that this love affair might not end happily?

6. In addition to her move, what occasion is the group celebrating?

7. Do you think Edna's feelings were Robert were genuine?

8. What do you think the author means when she says Edna was beginning to understand her place in the universe as a woman and as a human being?

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

10. What is the first impression the author gives of Mrs. Pontellier?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 30, when Edna has her guests over for her coup d'etat dinner party, there is a moment when she retreats into her own thoughts. "But as she sat there amid her guests, she felt the old ennui overtaking her; the hopelessness which so often assailed her, which came upon her like an obsession, like something extraneous, independent of volition. It was something which announced itself; a chill breath that seemed to issue from some vast cavern wherein discords walled. There came over her the acute longing which always summoned into her spiritual vision the presence of the beloved one, overpowering her at once with a sense of the unattainable."

What does this passage mean? What does is say about Edna at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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