The Awakening, and Selected Stories Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Armand's mother say in a letter to Armand's father?

2. What do Calixta and Alcée do?

3. How much advance payment does Sublet give the 'Cadian man?

4. What does Clarisse not miss?

5. Who is Gouvernail?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Baroda feel towards Gourvernail at the opening of the story, and what does she do as a result?

2. How does Louise Mallard respond to the news?

3. How does Mrs. Sommers spend her fifteen dollars?

4. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?

5. What does Clarisse do when she learns Alcée is going to see Calixta and why does she do what she does?

6. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?

7. What does Désirée do after Armand tells her to leave?

8. How does Athénaïse develop a relationship with Gouvernail?

9. What does Gabriel tell Tnate Elodie and what does she say in response?

10. What does Alcée write to his wife and what is her response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to The Awakening:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Edna Pontellier and Adèle Ratignolle. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Leonce Pontellier and Robert LeBrun. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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