Which of the following statements best identifies the central theme of the text?
A. Love is unpredictable; our expectations for what love should or will be often clashes with reality.
B. Despite the expectations placed on them, women require the same freedoms and intellectual stimulation as men.
C. Marriage is a sacred commitment requiring much compromise and sacrifice from both partners.
D. Growing up is a difficult and sometimes painful process.
PART B: Which quotation from the text best supports the answer to Part A?
A. “He thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation.” (Paragraph 2)
B. “She did not sit there inwardly upbraiding her husband, lamenting at Fate, which had directed her footsteps to the path which they had taken.” (Paragraph 11)
C. “In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her.” (Paragraph 16)
D. “Edna admired the skill of his maneuver, and avoided any occasion to balk his intentions. When the situation as set forth by Mr. Pontellier was accepted and taken for granted, she was apparently satisfied” (Paragraph 31)