The Awakening Chapters 27 and 28 Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

Chapters 27 and 28 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Edna say she is a wicked woman?

2. Why does she think at the same time that she is not?

3. What is Alcee’s response to Edna’s question?

4. What is significant about Alcee’s response?

5. What does Mademoiselle Reisz tell Edna about courage?

6. How does Edna feel after kissing Alcee?

7. What is the significance of the reproach Edna imagines from Robert?

8. What does Edna understand about life after being with Alcee?

9. What specifically does Edna not feel?

10. Why does Edna feel a pang of regret?

Answers
1. Edna knows she would be perceived as wicked because of her move toward independence and because of the sexual feelings she has.

2. She is following her true nature.

3. He says she shouldn’t bother thinking about it because he can tell her what kind of woman she is.

4. He is acting just like any other man, presuming to know better than she does, not letting her be independent.

5. She says that Edna must have a lot of strength and courage if she is going to defy convention and prejudice.

6. It is the first kiss of her life that truly arouses her.

7. It is because she is giving herself for less than true love.

8. She realizes that there is a difference between lust and love.

9. She does not feel either shame or regret.

10. She wishes that it was love, rather than lust, that had opened her up.