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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 Clarisse not miss?
2. What makes Athénaïse decide to return to Cazeau?
3. Who breaks the news gently to a loved one of the accident?
4. What does Mrs. Sommers wish as she is riding home on the bus?
5. What does Cazeau sense when he embraces Athénaïse?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Mr. Sublet ask Evariste Bonamour and what Sublet give Evariste?
2. What does Mrs. Sommers receive and what does she plan to do with it?
3. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?
4. How does Mrs. Sommers spend her fifteen dollars?
5. How does Louise Mallard respond to the news?
6. What is the difference between Calixta and Clarissa?
7. What does Clarisse do when she learns Alcée is going to see Calixta and why does she do what she does?
8. What does Gabriel tell Tnate Elodie and what does she say in response?
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 Louise Mallard learn and how does she learn of it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that Chopin may have wanted readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Chopin's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Chopin's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Kate Chopin and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Awakening or three of the short stories. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness or immaturity in The Awakening or three of the short stories. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition in The Awakening or three of the short stories. What is Leonce's view of tradition? Edna's? Robert? Alcee? Adele? What is the view towards tradition of two of the characters in each short story you choose? Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative sides to tradition?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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