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The Awakening

Kate Chopin

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1. What is the name of the island on which the Pontelliers and other wealthy Creole families spend their summer vacation?

2. What instrument does Mademoiselle Reisz play?

3. What is the home Edna moves into in New Orleans called?

4. Where does Edna go with Alcée Arobin and Mrs. Highcamp when Léonce is out of town on business?

5. To what country does Robert Lebrun move?

6. What does Victor Lebrun do to upset Edna at her dinner party?

7. What does Edna say she will not give up for her children?

8. How does Edna die?

9. When Edna visits Adèle Ratignolle during her friend’s difficult childbirth, what does Adèle tell her just before she leaves?

10. Why did Edna’s father and sister oppose her marriage to Léonce Pontellier?

11. What is Edna expected to do every Tuesday afternoon at her home in New Orleans?

12. What is the phrase that Madame Lebrun’s parrot repeats?

13. What do the Farival twins’ parents intend them to do as adults?

14. In what war did Edna’s father, the Colonel, fight?

15. What event does Edna refuse to attend, despite her father’s pleadings?

16. With whom does Edna converse on Grand Isle just before her death?

17. Which of the following characters represents the Victorian ideal of the “mother-woman”?

18. With whom does Léonce Pontellier share his concerns about Edna’s behavior?

19. What object does Robert bring back from his trip that makes Edna jealous?

20. What foreign language do the characters of the novel often interject into their dialogue?

21. What skill does Edna learn while vacationing at Grand Isle?

22. In what decade is the novel most likely set?

23. To whom does Robert write letters while he is away?

24. What does Léonce think when he notices Edna’s rebellious behavior?

25. Where does Léonce often eat dinner?

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