At Cheniere Caminada, Athenaise, Desiree's Baby, The Story of an Hour, Wiser Than a God.
Grammardog Teacher's Guide contains 16 quizzes for this short story collection. All sentences are from the stories. Language describes the culture and setting of the Louisiana Gulf Coast in the late 1800s where women characters begin to question traditional roles (Is "marriage a trap" or can it be "what story books promise?"). Figurative language reflects the conflict between religion, the expectations of the Southern culture and personal choice (Faust, Eve, Holy Ghost, Satan, Judgment Day, Terpsichore and goddess of Victory).
PLOT SUMMARY: What do women really want? The Grammardog Guide to CHOPIN SHORT STORIES features sentences from the short stories in 16 grammar, style and proofreading quizzes that reinforce plot, characters and themes. The stories set in 19th century Louisiana examine women’s struggle for personal identity in the situations of courtship, marriage, divorce, motherhood, mixed-race children, extra-marital affairs and widowhood. Chopin’s tales explore characters who are feminine, strong and evolving even in the midst of inflexible culture and tradition. The author’s deft style creates a lush, soft and seductive background full of flowers, music and laughter in contrast to the bold feminist visions she chronicles. Chopin’s stories are concise, subtle, powerful and beautiful.