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. Who breaks the news gently to a loved one of the accident?

2. What do Calixta and Alcée do?

3. Who has just been killed in a railroad accident?

4. What does Armand want Désirée to do?

5. What frightens Calixta?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Athénaïse develop a relationship with Gouvernail?

3. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?

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

5. What is the difference between Calixta and Clarissa?

6. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

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

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

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

10. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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