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. Who made the tobacco pouch that Robert carries?

2. What does Victor talk about with Mariequita?

3. Of what does Edna speak with authority?

4. Who will pay for Edna's expensive dinner party?

5. What is Edna's father's reason for coming to town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Once Edna has decided to move, does she want to discuss it with Leonce?

2. 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?

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

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

5. After her disappointing evening with Robert, what does Edna initially do?

6. Why does Edna need to know so much about Robert's tobacco pouch?

7. Why does Madame Ratignolle urge Edna to think of her children?

8. Is the Colonel, Edna's father, right to think that if she and her husband spent more time together in the evenings at home, they would have a stronger marriage?

9. Edna tells Mademoiselle Reisz that she is going to move out of her house and that she is in love with Robert. Are either of these actions wise?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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

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