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 Edna do after Alcee leaves?

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

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

4. Who is Alcee Arobin?

5. Where does Arobin urge Edna to go with him?

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

3. Is the dinner party a grand affair?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. Why does Edna feel strong and confident in the pigeon-house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

While on Grande Isle, Edna says she could never give herself for her children. She could give just about anything such as possessions and money, but not herself. What did she mean by that?

Essay Topic 3

When Edna and Dr. Mandelet leave the Ratignolle house (Chapter 38), the doctor says "It seems to me my dear child, you seem to me to be in trouble." Although he does not ask her what is bothering her, he offers to hear her out and help her. He also believes that he knows what is troubling her. Could he have saved her if she had let him?

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