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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 has Robert been teaching Edna?

2. For what does Edna yearn?

3. What does Mr. Pontellier learn one week about Edna's visitation day?

4. Of what does Edna remind Robert?

5. What vision does Edna have of herself as a little girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Madame worry about concerning Robert and Edna?

2. What does Edna learn when she returns from Chênière Caminada?

3. How does Edna feel about living in the pigeon house?

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

5. What happens when Mr. Pontellier arrives home at eleven?

6. What happens between Robert and Edna by the end of Chapter 35?

7. Why does Edna decide to move into a smaller house and what does the staff call the house?

8. What does the creature finally do?

9. Describe Madame Ratignolle.

10. What does Edna start attending?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the theme of choice in The Awakening and two of the short stories. Who makes wise choices? Who makes unwise choices? Do you think Edna believes more in fate or free will? Why?

2. Debate the following statement in an argument/persuasion essay: Making several poor choices one after the other makes it more likely one will continue to make poor choices.

3. Rewrite the ending with Edna making what you think would be a wiser choice and then discuss why you believe it would be a better choice.

Essay Topic 2

Certainly The Awakening and also most of Chopin's other short stories in this volume deal with the subject of gender. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term "gender."

2. Does gender only refer to whether a person is male or female? Is gender easy to identify?

3. Discuss the Creole cultural definitions of gender during the era of The Awakening and the expectations for each gender. Do any of those expectations exist today?

4. Discuss two short stories in which gender seems to be a theme. How is the theme treated? Would you like to live in a culture that has those expectations for men and women?

5. Are women the only ones harmed by gender-based expectations? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to The Awakening:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Edna Pontellier and Adèle Ratignolle. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Leonce Pontellier and Robert LeBrun. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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