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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. Where does Edna take her father when he visits?
2. What does Dr. Mandelet tell Edna?
3. Why does Léonce scold Edna?
4. What does Edna do that terrifies her?
5. What are the only items Edna takes on her move?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Mr. Pontellier arrives home at eleven?
2. What does Madame Ratignolle ask of Edna and what does she think of the pigeon house?
3. How does Edna feel about living in the pigeon house?
4. What happens between Robert and Edna by the end of Chapter 35?
5. What does Robert confess when he and Edna go back to the pigeon house and what is Edna's response?
6. Who is Robert LeBrun?
7. What is the creature's situation like at the opening of the story?
8. How is Edna's life changing?
9. Why does Edna go to Madame Antoine's home?
10. Why does Edna decide to move into a smaller house and what does the staff call the house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Edna's husband tells her she is safe when she swims out too far because he is watching her versus when Edna takes her last swim alone. Discuss the use of irony in two of the short stories.
2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in The Awakening.
3. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in three of the short stories.
4. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in The Awakening and/or several of the short stories.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss the character Edna Pontellier. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think she is a protagonist or antagonist? Why
2. Thoroughly discuss the character Robert LeBrun. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?
3. Thoroughly discuss three different characters from the short stories. What are the strengths of each character? Weaknesses? How does each evolve over the course of the story? (or does any of them do so?) Is each likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is each trustworthy? Wise? Would you want any of them as a friend?
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