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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. Who is at Mademoiselle Reisz's home when Edna goes for a visit?

2. What does Edna say to Robert about Léonce setting her free to marry Robert?

3. Who does Edna visit in Chapter 21?

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

5. What is the culture of Edna's husband's circle of friends?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Madame Ratignolle ask of Edna and what does she think of the pigeon house?

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

3. How does Edna feel about living in the pigeon house?

4. About what do Edna and her father argue and what does her father say to Léonce?

5. What does the creature finally do?

6. What does the letter say that Mildred receives from her family?

7. How does Léonce Pontellier treat his sunburned wife?

8. Describe Edna's last swim.

9. What does Robert confess when he and Edna go back to the pigeon house and what is Edna's response?

10. Describe the scene between Robert and Edna at the cafe.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Awakening could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Edna Pontellier, the narrator. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze The Awakening as a bildungsroman of Edna Pontellier. Give specific examples. What does Edna learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze Athénaïse as a coming of age story. Give specific examples. What does Athénaïse learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

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

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.

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