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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 does Gabriel kill?
3. Upon whom does Athénaïse begin to depend for companionship?
4. What does Alcée write to his wife?
5. What is one thing Mrs. Sommers buys at the store with her newly-acquired money?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Elizabeth lose her job at the post office?
2. What does Mrs. Sommers receive and what does she plan to do with it?
3. How does Mrs. Sommers spend her fifteen dollars?
4. How does Mrs. Baroda feel towards Gourvernail at the opening of the story, and what does she do as a result?
5. How does Athénaïse develop a relationship with Gouvernail?
6. What changes everything for Athénaïse and what does she do?
7. What does Gabriel tell Tnate Elodie and what does she say in response?
8. How does Elizabeth help Mr. Brightman?
9. How does Calixta become involved with Alcée Laballière?
10. Why does Armand withdraw from Désirée?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to The Awakening:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Edna Pontellier and Adèle Ratignolle. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Leonce Pontellier and Robert LeBrun. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
Essay Topic 3
There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that Chopin may have wanted readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Chopin's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Chopin's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Kate Chopin and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.
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