The Awakening Chapters 5 and 6 Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

Chapters 5 and 6 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is clear about Edna and Robert’s relationship?

2. Why is Robert allowed to spend so much time with married women at Grand Isle?

3. How does Edna feel about Adele’s beauty?

4. Why does Edna sketch?

5. Why does Edna repulse Robert’s head from her arm?

6. Why does Edna crumple up the picture of Adele?

7. How is the sea described here?

8. Why did Edna go bathing with Robert?

9. What is Edna beginning to realize?

10. Why is Edna’s realization potentially dangerous?

Answers
1. It is clear that they are very intimate.

2. He is considered safe because nobody ever takes him seriously.

3. She loves to gaze at Adele and wishes to sketch her.

4. Sketching gives her satisfaction that no other work does.

5. She does not think it is proper for Robert to touch her like that.

6. The picture does not look like Adele.

7. The sea is seductive, sensuous, embracing—like a lover.

8. She was following an impulse that she didn’t understand.

9. Edna is beginning to realize her position in the universe and her relation to the rest of the world.

10. It is a beginning, and all beginnings are chaotic and disturbing. Additionally, women are not usually graced with such realizations so there will clearly be consequences.