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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. Where is Robert when Edna discovers his plan?

2. What does Edna do at Madame Antoine's?

3. How does the author describe Edna's feelings for her own children?

4. Who is very fond of Robert?

5. What does Madame Ratignolle think of the Mexicans?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 11, Edna defies her husband. Is she victorious?

2. Once Edna has returned to the cottage, she finds herself alone and contemplates her life. Does she feel that she has changed since arriving at the Grande Isle? Does she understand how these changes, however small or dramatic, could be life-changing for her?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. Is Edna taking a big risk by going to the Lebrun house to find Mademoiselle Reisz's address?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Alcee call Edna's new home the "pigeon-house"? Is the term symbolic in any way?

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

Although Mademoiselle Reisz is not a lifelong friend or acquaintance, how does she quickly become close with Edna? Why is she an important person in Edna's life? Why is she a critical character in this entire story?

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