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 makes Athénaïse decide to return to Cazeau?

3. Where does Athénaïse go when she leaves Cazeau a second time?

4. How much advance payment does Sublet give the 'Cadian man?

5. What does Evariste ask to be identified as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Louise Mallard respond to the news?

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

7. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?

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

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

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

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

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. The Awakening seems to suggest someone has awakened who was asleep. Discuss this title and the theme behind it.

3. If you were the writer of The Awakening and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

4. Discuss the titles of two of the short stories and their meanings in the context of the story. Evaluate the effectiveness of the title.

Essay Topic 3

Edna commits suicide (presumably) at the end of the story, The Awakening. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze five major events that leads up to Edna's suicide. Could any of them have been altered? What does each event contribute to Edna's fateful decision?

2. Suicide is often considered by people who feel they have no other options. Do you think Edna is at that point when she kills herself? What other options does Edna have (consider the times and culture in which Edna lives)?

3. Is Edna's suicide an act of courage? Stupidity? Selfishness? Do you hold her responsible for the impact her death will have on those who love her? How do you think they will be affected?

4. Do you think Edna's husband is partly to blame for the woman's problems? Why or why not?

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