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What is the name of the island on which the Pontelliers and other wealthy Creole families spend their summer vacation?
L’Isle de Paris
What instrument does Mademoiselle Reisz play?
What is the home Edna moves into in New Orleans called?
The pigeon house
The House of Seven Gables
La petite maison
Where does Edna go with Alcée Arobin and Mrs. Highcamp when Léonce is out of town on business?
To what country does Robert Lebrun move?
What does Victor Lebrun do to upset Edna at her dinner party?
He chews with his mouth open
He sings a song that reminds her of Robert
He tries to seduce her
He tells her that Robert is going away
What does Edna say she will not give up for her children?
How does Edna die?
She allows herself to drown in the sea
Léonce finds out about her infidelity and murders her
She dies of old age
She poisons herself at the Lebrun cottages
When Edna visits Adèle Ratignolle during her friend’s difficult childbirth, what does Adèle tell her just before she leaves?
To think of her husband
To think of her children
To think of the possibilities
To think of Robert
Why did Edna’s father and sister oppose her marriage to Léonce Pontellier?
Because he was so much older than she
Because he was a Creole
Because he was a Catholic
Because he was a not a Yankee
What is Edna expected to do every Tuesday afternoon at her home in New Orleans?
Speak with Mademoiselle Reisz
Have a painting lesson with Laidpore
Go to the Louisiana Women’s Club meeting
What is the phrase that Madame Lebrun’s parrot repeats?
“Allez vous-en! Sapristi!”
“Venez ici, venez ici!”
“Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?”
“Ah! si tu savais!”
What do the Farival twins’ parents intend them to do as adults?
Marry rich husbands
Become famous pianists
Enter a convent
In what war did Edna’s father, the Colonel, fight?
The Spanish-American War
World War I
The French and Indian War
The Civil War
What event does Edna refuse to attend, despite her father’s pleadings?
Her mother’s funeral
Her sister’s wedding
Her child’s piano recital
Her father’s retirement ceremony
With whom does Edna converse on Grand Isle just before her death?
The lady in black
Which of the following characters represents the Victorian ideal of the “mother-woman”?
The lady in black
With whom does Léonce Pontellier share his concerns about Edna’s behavior?
What object does Robert bring back from his trip that makes Edna jealous?
A picture of his new wife
A tobacco pouch
What foreign language do the characters of the novel often interject into their dialogue?
What skill does Edna learn while vacationing at Grand Isle?
How to play the piano
How to swim
How to play tennis
How to paint
In what decade is the novel most likely set?
To whom does Robert write letters while he is away?
What does Léonce think when he notices Edna’s rebellious behavior?
He decides she must be in love with another man
He suspects that she has been smoking opium
He wonders if she is going mad
He speculates that she is going through menopause
Where does Léonce often eat dinner?
At the home of Doctor Mandelet
At his men’s social club
At a nearby Cajun restaurant
On the veranda
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