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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

Many authors write numerous works of fiction that differ in plot and detail, but which often treat the same ideas over and over. Discuss the following:

1. What is one theme/idea that exists in at least three of Chopin's works in this collection? Compare and contrast how the theme is treated among the three pieces.

2. Compare/contrast two of Chopin's short stories for their similarities and differences. Does Chopin seem more sympathetic towards women or men? Or is there any pattern? Do you think Chopin endorses the cultural expectations of the day? why or why not.

3. Most of Chopin's works are short stories and two short novels (or novelettes). Why do you think Chopin chooses to write in the short story genre? Compare/contrast the challenges of writing a longer novel versus a short story. Which would you prefer to read? Write? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels and short stories have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Awakening, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Awakening. (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of three of the short stories, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Is it more difficult to determine the plot of a short story than a novel? Why or why not?

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