Mrs. Dalloway Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Clarissa wishes she could be more like _________________.

2. Why has Peter returned to London?

3. Why does Clarissa not wear her favorite dress to her party?

4. The crowds that gather around Buckingham Palace try to guess what will be written by ______________________.

5. What is Lucrezia's nickname?

Short Essay Questions

1. What memories does Clarissa have about living at Bourton and being in love with Sally Seton?

2. Who is Daisy and what role does she play in Peter's life?

3. What are Peter's perceptions of Clarissa after having been gone for five years?

4. What is the source of Septimus' odd behavior, and what is the only recourse Rezia feels that she has?

5. How does the author introduce Clarissa Dalloway?

6. Who is Sally Seton and what role does she play in Clarissa's life?

7. Who would Peter spend time with at dinner parties when he didn't want to share Clarissa with anyone else?

8. Why had Clarissa broken off her engagement to Peter?

9. How did Peter know that Clarissa was in love with Richard Dalloway?

10. Which woman does Clarissa admire more than anyone and longs to be like her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several events of foreshadowing in Mrs. Dalloway. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Dissatisfaction takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of the dissatisfaction of some of the main characters? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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