Grammardog Teacher's Guide contains 16 quizzes for this landmark feminist classic. All sentences are from the novel. Quizzes use language that describes the romantic settings of the Louisiana Gulf coast and New Orleans. Naturalism is reflected in figurative language and lush descriptions of "hot breath of the Southern night," "the voice of the sea is seductive," and "the touch of the sea is sensuous." Allusions blend Creole folklore, classical myths, Catholicism and classical music. Feminism is poetically expressed ("The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings").
PLOT SUMMARY: Can’t a married lady get her groove back? The Grammardog Guide to THE AWAKENING features sentences from the novel in 16 grammar, style and proofreading quizzes that reinforce plot, characters and themes. At the end of the 19th century Edna Pontellier feels that something is missing in her life. She has a stable marriage to a wealthy businessman who is a good provider for her and their two boys. Still Edna feels lonely and unfulfilled. She senses that there is more to life than financial security, social status and an enviable lifestyle for a privileged woman in New Orleans. The novel chronicles Edna’s search for identity beyond being a wife and mother. She begins to make changes in her life. Edna thinks she is in love with Robert Lebrun, but he goes away to Mexico on a business venture. She tries to revive her artistic life as a painter. She goes so far as to move out of her house and begins an affair with Alcee Arobin that ends awkwardly. She even turns over the care of her sons to her mother-in-law. Edna reunites with Robert briefly, but he leaves her again telling her that he doesn’t want a relationship with a married woman. Edna’s attempts to find meaning and happiness fail. She finally drowns herself in the beautiful, romantic waters of the Gulf of Mexico.