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 do Calixta and Alcée do?

2. Who unnerves Mrs. Baroda?

3. What does Cazeau sense when he embraces Athénaïse?

4. Who has a weak heart?

5. Who does Evariste save?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?

5. How does Athénaïse develop a relationship with Gouvernail?

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

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

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

9. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?

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 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Awakening, as does several of the short stores ends on an unhappy or seemingly morbid note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Awakening and the short stories and whether or not Chopin's works fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Chopin's works are or are not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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