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. Most of all, what did Edna gain?

2. When does Alcee finally say goodnight to Edna?

3. What explanation does Robert give for not writing to Edna?

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

5. When Edna sees Robert at the cafe, she accuses him of being the embodiment of:

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Did the author give any warning that this love affair might not end happily?

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

9. 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?

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

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

Dr. Mandelet is also an important character in this story. Why? Why does Leonce feel more at ease opening up about his marital problems with the doctor than confronting Edna directly about their difficulties?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author depict Edna's sense of being suffocated by the cultural restrictions on women in the 19th century? Do you think it is a fair assessment of how women lived during that time?

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