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. For whom does Mr. Sublet ask when he visits Bayou Têche?

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

3. What does Evariste ask to be identified as?

4. Of what is Cazeau reminded when he goes to fetch his wife?

5. How does Mrs. Baroda feel when she speaks to Gouvernail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Louise Mallard learn and how does she learn of it?

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

3. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?

4. What does Mr. Sublet ask Evariste Bonamour and what Sublet give Evariste?

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

6. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

7. What changes everything for Athénaïse and what does she do?

8. How does Mrs. Baroda's feelings alter towards Gouvernail and what does she do?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Certainly The Awakening and also most of Chopin's other short stories in this volume deal with the subject of gender. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term "gender."

2. Does gender only refer to whether a person is male or female? Is gender easy to identify?

3. Discuss the Creole cultural definitions of gender during the era of The Awakening and the expectations for each gender. Do any of those expectations exist today?

4. Discuss two short stories in which gender seems to be a theme. How is the theme treated? Would you like to live in a culture that has those expectations for men and women?

5. Are women the only ones harmed by gender-based expectations? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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