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 want Désirée to do?

2. Where are Bobinôt and his son, four-year-old Bibi, waiting out a storm?

3. What does Mrs. Baroda say about her husband wanting Gouvernail for a second visit?

4. What makes Athénaïse decide to return to Cazeau?

5. Where does the doctor advise Elizabeth to spend the winter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?

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

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

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

5. How does Louise Mallard respond to the news?

6. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Creole culture and the culture of the United States at that time in general in the late 1800s is fertile ground for sexism. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research the existence of sexism in the South and the United States and analyze The Awakening and one other short story for its accuracy and/or inaccuracy in its portrayal of sexism.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sexism throughout The Awakening. Who are the most obvious sexist? Who are perhaps subtly sexist? Are any of the characters free of sexism? Who? Why do you say so?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of sexism in three of the short stories. Who are the most obvious sexist? Who are perhaps subtly sexist? Are any of the characters free of sexism? Who? Why do you say so?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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