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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. Around what time does Edna finally get up?

2. What characteristic of the Creoles "impresses" Mrs. Pontellier?

3. What does Edna do that surprises everyone?

4. As they sail to the Cheniere Caminada, how does Edna feel?

5. What does Edna do when her husband orders her to come inside?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Edna cry so hard after her husband scolds her for being what he considers a neglectful mother?

2. What is the first impression the author gives of Mr. Pontellier?

3. Why do you think Robert manages to get Mademoiselle Reisz to play for Edna?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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