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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. What is the opening setting for the novelette The Awakening?

2. What does Edna do in her distress?

3. Where does Léonce think Edna spends too much time?

4. What kind of woman does Edna tell Alcée she is?

5. What does Mademoiselle Reisz play on the piano?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mildred's first meeting with the "farm worker."

2. What happens when the cage door is left open by accident one day?

3. Describe the Pontellier family.

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

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

6. What does Mademoiselle Reisz show and tell Edna concerning Robert?

7. What happens when Mr. Pontellier arrives home at eleven?

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

9. What does Edna find when she visits Mademoiselle Reisz and how does Edna react?

10. Why does Edna decide to move into a smaller house and what does the staff call the house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the theme of choice in The Awakening and two of the short stories. Who makes wise choices? Who makes unwise choices? Do you think Edna believes more in fate or free will? Why?

2. Debate the following statement in an argument/persuasion essay: Making several poor choices one after the other makes it more likely one will continue to make poor choices.

3. Rewrite the ending with Edna making what you think would be a wiser choice and then discuss why you believe it would be a better choice.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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