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 makes Athénaïse decide to return to Cazeau?

2. Upon whom does Athénaïse begin to depend for companionship?

3. What is one thing Mrs. Sommers buys at the store with her newly-acquired money?

4. What does Désirée do with herself and her baby?

5. Why is Louise feeling relieved?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Louise Mallard respond to the news?

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

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

4. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

5. How does Athénaïse develop a relationship with Gouvernail?

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

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

8. What is the difference between Calixta and Clarissa?

9. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?

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

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?

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

Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the theme of choice in The Awakening and two of the short stories. Who makes wise choices? Who makes unwise choices? Do you think Edna believes more in fate or free will? Why?

2. Debate the following statement in an argument/persuasion essay: Making several poor choices one after the other makes it more likely one will continue to make poor choices.

3. Rewrite the ending with Edna making what you think would be a wiser choice and then discuss why you believe it would be a better choice.

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