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 Mrs. Sommers wish as she is riding home on the bus?

2. What does Désirée husband do soon after their first child is born?

3. Who are Bobinôt and Calixta and Alcée Laballière and Clarisse?

4. What is one thing Mrs. Sommers buys at the store with her newly-acquired money?

5. What makes Athénaïse decide to return to Cazeau?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mr. Sublet change his attitude towards Evariste?

2. Why does Elizabeth lose her job at the post office?

3. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?

4. What is the difference between Calixta and Clarissa?

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

6. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?

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

8. What does Mrs. Sommers receive and what does she plan to do with it?

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

10. How does Athénaïse develop a relationship with Gouvernail?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a novel is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Awakening is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel? What about a successful short story? Do the criteria for a successful piece of fiction differ between a novel and short story? Why or why not.

2. Analyze and discuss The Awakening based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Awakening is a successful novelette. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that The Awakening is a novelette changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

4. Analyze and discuss two short stories based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if each is successful as a piece of fiction. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels and short stories have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Awakening, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Awakening. (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of three of the short stories, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Is it more difficult to determine the plot of a short story than a novel? Why or why not?

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