The Awakening Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Of what does Edna speak with authority?

2. Who arrives at Mademoiselle Reisz's while Edna waits there alone?

3. Who interrupts Edna's and Robert's meeting?

4. Who has written to Mademoiselle Reisz asking about Edna?

5. How does Edna react to the note?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Leonce at all worried about the breakup of his marriage emotionally? Is he making arrangements to hide his real feelings?

2. Are Robert Lebrun and Alcee Arobin alike? Or are they dramatically different from one another?

3. Why does Mademoiselle Reisz play the Chopin piece? Is this an instance of foreshadowing?

4. Edna and Mademoiselle Reisz have a spirited discussion when they meet again. Describe the things they say to one another. Is this a pair of women who really like each other?

5. Edna goes to Mademoiselle Reisz's for refuge, as well as to find out the latest news about Robert. What happens when she is at Mademoiselle Reisz's alone, waiting for the pianist, and Robert shows up out of the blue?

6. Do you think Edna's feelings were Robert were genuine?

7. Describe how Edna feels once she is truly alone.

8. Why did Robert not write to Edna from Mexico?

9. Is the dinner party a grand affair?

10. What do you think happens to Edna? Does she die in the ocean? Does she make it back?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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