The Awakening Chapter 16 Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

Chapter 16 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What does Edna consider to be the only pleasurable moments she has?

2. How does Edna keep close to Robert after he leaves?

3. How does Leonce feel about Edna’s missing Robert?

4. Why is Edna jealous when she read’s Robert’s letter?

5. What does Edna tell Adele about her children?

6. Why can’t Adele understand what Edna is talking about?

7. What does Edna mean when she says she wouldn’t sacrifice herself for her children?

8. What do Edna and Mademoiselle Reisz talk about as they walk to the beach?

9. Why does Edna spend time with Mademoiselle Reisz if the woman’s meanness depresses her?

10. How does Edna swim now?

Answers
1. She feels pleasure only when she is swimming.

2. She keeps close to him by talking about him to everyone who knows him and by looking at Madame Lebrun’s family photographs.

3. He doesn’t give it a second thought; it would never occur to a Creole man that his wife could be unfaithful.

4. He wrote to his mother and not to her.

5. She said that she would die for her children, but she would not sacrifice herself.

6. Edna is becoming her own person and speaking a new language.

7. She won’t let her life be controlled by her responsibility to her children. She needs to be her own person, apart from her role as mother.

8. They talk about the Lebrun family and how Robert and Victor had a big fight the previous year over Mariequita.

9. She needs to be with an artist, someone who can inspire passion.

10. She swims with an abandon that thrills and invigorates her.