The Awakening Chapter 21 Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

Chapter 21 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the centerpiece of Mademoiselle Reisz’s apartment?

2. How is Mademoiselle Reisz described when Edna sees her?

3. Why did Mademoiselle Reisz think that Edna would never come to visit?

4. Why is Mademoiselle Reisz pleased when Edna admits that she’s not sure if she likes her?

5. What does Mademoiselle Reisz tell Edna about Robert’s letter?

6. How does Edna describe herself to Mademoiselle Reisz?

7. What does Mademoiselle Reisz tell Edna about being an artist?

8. What did Mademoiselle Reisz play for Edna while Edna was reading Robert’s letter?

9. What is Edna’s reaction to the letter and the music?

10. How does Chopin set the mood for Edna’s emotions?

Answers
1. She has a magnificent piano crowding everything else in the apartment.

2. She hasn’t changed; she is the “little musician,” still ugly, still wearing the same ugly dress.

3. Edna is a “society” woman, and those women generally have no use for artists such as Mademoiselle Reisz.

4. It is an honest answer and honesty takes courage.

5. The letter is all about Edna.

6. She says that she is becoming an artist.

7. She says that to be an artist one must have a courageous soul, a soul that dares and defies.

8. She starts with a song about longing, moves into a song about love, and then back into longing.

9. She begins to cry.

10. The music grows “fantastic” and fills the room, and the shadows deepen. There is a magical feeling.