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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

Describe Alcee Arobin. Knowing his reputation, why does Edna still want to be with him? How is he important in her development into an independent, free-thinking woman?

Essay Topic 2

What do you think of the final moments in Edna's life? Was she a coward for taking her own life? Or, was she brave in making the final decision on how to conclude her life?

Essay Topic 3

As the story progresses, Edna chooses independence over marriage. Did she do the right thing? What, if anything, did she lose? What did she gain?

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