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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 does Mr. Pontellier send home to his wife while he is away?

2. What folly has Mrs. Pontellier committed, according to her husband?

3. When Edna cannot find Mademoiselle Reisz, who does she go to for help?

4. What does opening up to Madame Ratignolle do for Edna?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the first thing that Edna wonders after she wakes up at Madame Antoine's?

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

4. Why does Edna leave the Ratignolles in a depressed rather than a happy state of mind?

5. What is the purpose of Mariequita in this part of the story?

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

7. Why does Edna throw such a violent fit after Leonce takes off to have dinner at the club?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

At one point, Edna says that "Her marriage to Leonce Pontellier was purely an accident." 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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