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Mid-Book 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. How does Edna feel she is acting?

2. Why does Edna feel regret about her infidelity?

3. Who comes to the pigeon house while Robert is there?

4. How does the character seem?

5. What does Edna do that terrifies her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the cage door is left open by accident one day?

2. What does Robert confess when he and Edna go back to the pigeon house and what is Edna's response?

3. What does Madame Ratignolle ask of Edna and what does she think of the pigeon house?

4. Why does Edna go to Madame Antoine's home?

5. What does Elodie learn while at a wedding reception?

6. What does Mr. Sublet ask Evariste Bonamour and what Sublet give Evariste?

7. What does Alcée write to his wife and what is her response?

8. Where does Robert decide to go and how does Edna react?

9. Why does Elizabeth lose her job at the post office?

10. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Awakening.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Awakening. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Awakening. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that Chopin may have wanted readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Chopin's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Chopin's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Kate Chopin and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 3

Chopin's life may have greatly informed her writing. Discuss the following:

1. Research Kate Chopin and write a 2-3 informative essay about her life.

2. Choose one theme that occurs throughout most of Chopin's work and discuss it in relation to what you learned in your research about Chopin.

3. Can an author write an entirely objective piece of fiction without her/his own experiences influencing the work? Why or why not (in your opinion).

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