The Awakening Chapter 10 Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

Chapter 10 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How does Edna feel when Robert is not around?

2. What is the odor Edna smells down by the sea?

3. Why had Edna not been able to learn to swim?

4. What is different about this night?

5. How does Edna feel when she starts swimming?

6. What is she looking for when she swims out?

7. What does Edna experience after she swims a certain distance?

8. How does Edna describe the night to Robert when he walks her home?

9. How does Robert describe it?

10. What happens in the silence when Edna is in the hammock and Robert is sitting by her?

Answers
1. She misses him and wonders why he is not with her.

2. She smells a tangle of the sea, weeds, damp, new-plowed earth and the heavy perfume of a field of white blossoms.

3. She feels an ungovernable dread in the water unless someone is nearby.

4. Edna is realizing her power.

5. She feels exulted, as if she had been given power finally over her body and soul. She wants to swim far out, where no woman has swum before.

6. She is looking for space and solitude, reaching out for the unlimited in which to lose herself.

7. She has a quick vision of death that makes her temporarily weak.

8. She feels as if it is a dream.

9. Robert tells Edna that there is a spirit out, who searches for someone worthy to inhabit and that tonight the spirit found Edna.

10. They feel the throbbings of desire for one another.