Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Describe the major settings for the novel. Why does Woolf use the settings she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
2. Explain the perception of homosexuality in early 20th century England. Compare and contrast homosexuality in England during this time to homosexuality in England today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?
3. Explain the significance of the novel's simple title -- "Mrs. Dalloway". Why did Woolf choose this title? ...
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