The Awakening Chapter 36 Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

Chapter 36 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Robert call Edna “Mrs. Pontellier”?

2. Why is Edna being selfish when she calls Robert selfish?

3. Why is walking so important to Edna?

4. In what way does Robert show himself to be just like Leonce and Alcee?

5. What makes Robert finally tell Edna that he loves her?

6. Why was Robert fighting against his feelings?

7. What does Edna tell Robert about the state of her marriage?

8. Why does Robert turn white when he hears Edna’s statement?

9. Why does Robert plead with Edna not to go to Adele’s?

10. How do we know that Edna is living in her fantasy world?

Answers
1. He is trying to keep some distance between them.

2. All Edna thinks about anymore is her own pleasure and her own desires; she never stops to think of the turmoil Robert must feel being in love with a married woman.

3. Walking gives Edna a sense of independence and allows her to explore parts of life she would not ordinarily see.

4. Robert tells Edna the end of the book she is reading so she won’t have to bother herself with finishing it; it’s a very paternalistic attitude.

5. Edna kisses him and then moves away, and Robert follows her, takes her in his arms, and kisses her again. Then he finally has to tell her the truth.

6. Robert wanted Edna to be his wife, but he knew that she was not free and so he decided he better stay away.

7. She tells him that she is no longer one of Leonce’s posses-sions and that she gives herself where she chooses. She says that she would laugh if Leonce offered to give her to Robert.

8. Robert is a traditional Creole man, and he doesn’t under-stand Edna’s attitude. If he did, he would disapprove.

9. Robert doesn’t want the moment to end, because he knows that if he has time alone to come to his senses, he will have to do the honorable thing and leave.

10. Edna tells Robert that as long as they love each other nothing else is of consequence. She still doesn’t understand that there would be severe consequences to their union.