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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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. The Awakening seems to suggest someone has awakened who was asleep. Discuss this title and the theme behind it.

3. If you were the writer of The Awakening and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

4. Discuss the titles of two of the short stories and their meanings in the context of the story. Evaluate the effectiveness of the title.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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