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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 had Edna attempted to learn all summer?

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

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

4. What does Leonce believe is a way to become rich?

5. Describe Mrs. Pontellier's eyes.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is The Awakening a critique of women's stature in the late 19th century? Was Kate Chopin taking a risk by writing this at the time she did?

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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