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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. In retrospect, how does Edna feel about stomping on her wedding ring?

2. Edna wonders how many years she has slept. Robert says:

3. Why does it anger Mr. Pontellier so much that Edna went out on Tuesday?

4. Where is Robert when Edna discovers his plan?

5. What is Edna realizing about herself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What is it about the ocean that emboldens Edna?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

The story begins at Grand Isle and ends there. Why?

Essay Topic 3

Is The Awakening a proper title for this novel? If you could name it something else, what would you name it and why?

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