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 is the reason Cazeau tells his wife that he married her?

2. Who does Alcée flirt with at the ball?

3. What makes Athénaïse decide to return to Cazeau?

4. What does the postcard say that Elizabeth Stock read?

5. What is Louise imagining in her room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between Calixta and Clarissa?

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

3. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Any work of fiction has some similarities, yet the structure can engender differences. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast how the structure of the novelette, The Awakening, informs the reading experience to how the structure of one of the short stories does the same.

2. Many readers love novels and are indifferent to short stories, and vice versa. Discuss why you think some readers would enjoy one format over another.

3. Choose a short, one-act play and compare it to one of the short stories as far as how structure affects the reading experience.

Essay Topic 2

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).

Essay Topic 3

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?

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