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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. Why does Edna have to leave Robert suddenly?

2. How does Edna feel when her children go to stay with their grandmother and Léonce is in New York?

3. Why does Edna feel regret about her infidelity?

4. What does Adèle Ratignolle do that Edna would not be comfortable doing?

5. Who pledges devotion to Edna in a letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Edna learn when she returns from Chênière Caminada?

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

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

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

5. Describe the Pontellier family.

6. What is Edna's life like in New Orleans?

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

8. Why do Edna and her husband argue and what does each do?

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

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

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

Chopin's life may have greatly informed her writing. Discuss the following:

1. Research Kate Chopin and write a 2-3 informative essay about her life.

2. Choose one theme that occurs throughout most of Chopin's work and discuss it in relation to what you learned in your research about Chopin.

3. Can an author write an entirely objective piece of fiction without her/his own experiences influencing the work? Why or why not (in your opinion).

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