The Awakening Chapter 9 Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

Chapter 9 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why is the hall lit up and decorated?

2. Why are the Pontellier children exerting authority over the other children?

3. What songs do the Farival twins play?

4. Why does Adele keep up with her music?

5. What is Edna looking at when she sat on the windowsill?

6. What does Mademoiselle Reisz look like?

7. What does Edna think of when she hears the song Adele plays that she calls “Solitude”?

8. What is different about Edna as she hears Mademoiselle Reisz’s first chords on the piano?

9. What is Edna’s reaction to Mademoiselle Reisz’s music?

10. Why does Mademoiselle Reisz think Edna is the only one worth playing for?

Answers
1. It is Saturday night, and all the guests are gathered for an evening of entertainment.

2. Leonce had brought them colored sheets of the comic papers, and all the children want to see them.

3. They play the duet from Zampa and the overture from The Poet and the Peasant.

4. She and her husband considered it a means of brightening their home and making it attractive.

5. She is looking at the moon casting its light across the restless sea.

6. She is small and ugly, with a weazened face and body.

7. She thinks of a naked, lonely man standing on the seashore, looking at a distant bird with hopeless resignation.

8. It is the first time she is truly ready to hear an artist and for Edna, this means to hear the truth.

9. She feels stirred by passion, as if waves are beating against her body.

10. She thinks Edna is the only one who is visibly and genuinely moved.