The Awakening, and Selected Stories Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Any work of fiction has some similarities, yet the structure can engender differences. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast how the structure of the novelette, The Awakening, informs the reading experience to how the structure of one of the short stories does the same.

2. Many readers love novels and are indifferent to short stories, and vice versa. Discuss why you think some readers would enjoy one format over another.

3. Choose a short, one-act play and compare it to one of the short stories as far as how structure affects the reading experience.

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

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?

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