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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. What has Robert done pretty much every summer at Grande Isle?

2. Where is Mr. Pontellier eager to go the next day?

3. How does Mrs. Pontellier react when her husband comes home from Klein's?

4. Why does Edna feel a pang of jealousy toward Madame Lebrun?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. Does Robert appear in any way to be a "bad boy"? If so, how?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. Is Leonce at all upset that his wife has been away with another man?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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