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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 saw Robert before he left?
2. What does Edna think she understands?
3. Where do the Pontelliers live in the non-summer months?
4. About what is Edna pleased to have broken?
5. What happens when the character looks out from its home?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Léonce Pontellier treat his sunburned wife?
2. Why do Edna and her husband argue and what does each do?
3. What does Edna start attending?
4. Describe Mildred's first meeting with the "farm worker."
5. How is Edna's life changing?
6. What does Madame worry about concerning Robert and Edna?
7. What happens when the cage door is left open by accident one day?
8. What analogy does Edna think of from her childhood?
9. What happens when Edna goes to be with Madame Ratignolle as she is having her baby?
10. What does Robert confess when he and Edna go back to the pigeon house and what is Edna's response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Awakening.
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Awakening. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Awakening. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
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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