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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. Though Edna has fallen from her high position in society, what does she feel has improved?

2. How is Edna going to pay for her move?

3. Of what does Robert often daydream?

4. Who is Madame Lebrun?

5. Who saw Robert before he left?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?

2. What happens when Edna goes to be with Madame Ratignolle as she is having her baby?

3. How is Edna's life changing?

4. How does the creature survive and how does it see?

5. What happens between Robert and Edna by the end of Chapter 35?

6. What does Madame worry about concerning Robert and Edna?

7. What is the creature's situation like at the opening of the story?

8. What does Mr. Sublet ask Evariste Bonamour and what Sublet give Evariste?

9. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

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

Essay 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

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 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.

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