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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 happens when the character looks out from its home?

2. Where does Mildred want the farm worker who retrieves her papers to take her?

3. What does Edna promise Madame Ratignolle?

4. What depresses Edna when she visits Madam Ratignolle?

5. What has Robert been teaching Edna?

Short Essay Questions

1. What analogy does Edna think of from her childhood?

2. What do Edna and her father do when he visits and how does Léonce respond?

3. How does Edna plan to pay for her move?

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

5. What happens when Edna visits Madame Lebrun?

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

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

8. About what do Edna and her father argue and what does her father say to Léonce?

9. Describe the scene when Victor upsets Edna.

10. Describe Edna's last swim.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a novel is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Awakening is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Edna commits suicide (presumably) at the end of the story, The Awakening. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze five major events that leads up to Edna's suicide. Could any of them have been altered? What does each event contribute to Edna's fateful decision?

2. Suicide is often considered by people who feel they have no other options. Do you think Edna is at that point when she kills herself? What other options does Edna have (consider the times and culture in which Edna lives)?

3. Is Edna's suicide an act of courage? Stupidity? Selfishness? Do you hold her responsible for the impact her death will have on those who love her? How do you think they will be affected?

4. Do you think Edna's husband is partly to blame for the woman's problems? Why or why not?

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