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

2. On the advice of Dr. Mandelet, what does Leonce decide to do?

3. Whose wedding does Edna refuse to attend?

4. What announcement does Edna make at Mademoiselle Reisz's?

5. Who does Mrs. Highcamp think her daughter would like?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Edna call her move and dinner party a "coup d'etat"?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. Why does Edna enjoy horse racing so much?

9. Why does Mr. Pontellier talk to Dr. Mandelet about Edna? Why can he not talk to his wife himself?

10. In addition to her move, what occasion is the group celebrating?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

From the beginning the author portrays Leonce Pontellier in a negative light. But is he a truly a bad or evil person? Or is he just being the typical traditional southern man? Does he believe that he is being unfair or mean toward Edna?

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