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 Désirée husband do soon after their first child is born?

2. What does Elodie take from Everson?

3. What makes Athénaïse decide to return to Cazeau?

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

5. What does Alcée write to his wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Elodie learn while at a wedding reception?

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

9. How does Louise Mallard respond to the news?

10. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many authors write numerous works of fiction that differ in plot and detail, but which often treat the same ideas over and over. Discuss the following:

1. What is one theme/idea that exists in at least three of Chopin's works in this collection? Compare and contrast how the theme is treated among the three pieces.

2. Compare/contrast two of Chopin's short stories for their similarities and differences. Does Chopin seem more sympathetic towards women or men? Or is there any pattern? Do you think Chopin endorses the cultural expectations of the day? why or why not.

3. Most of Chopin's works are short stories and two short novels (or novelettes). Why do you think Chopin chooses to write in the short story genre? Compare/contrast the challenges of writing a longer novel versus a short story. Which would you prefer to read? Write? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Awakening.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Awakening. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Awakening. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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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