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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. How does Mr. Pontellier view his home?

2. Mrs. Pontellier talks about:

3. What news does Edna learn once she joins the others for dinner?

4. What does Edna do after her conversation with Mademoiselle Reisz?

5. When talking to both Adele and Edna, Robert is jovial and jokes often. Is he this way when alone with Edna?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Adele urge Robert not to pursue Edna?

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. 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?

5. Before Edna visits the Ratignolles, she is consumed by thoughts of Robert. Is she obsessed? Infatuated? Are her feelings genuine?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Describe Mrs. Pontellier's reaction to hearing Mademoiselle Reisz's performance.

10. Despite growing closer to Adele, why does Edna still not reveal her thoughts to Adele?

Essay Topics

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

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 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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