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. What does Victor take from Mrs. Highcamp?

2. Why did Robert leave Mexico?

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

4. Describe the nature of Robert's and Edna's conversation:

5. Who made the tobacco pouch that Robert carries?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. Why does the photo of Alcee Arobin upset Robert so much when he goes back to the pigeon-house with her?

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

6. 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?

7. Why does Edna not want to attend her sister's wedding?

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

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

10. Why does Edna enjoy horse racing so much?

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

Edna could have insisted that Robert come with her to the Ratignolle's house but did not. If they had gone together, would they have had a chance at a lifetime of happiness, or, were they doomed no matter what?

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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