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

2. Peter thinks that Clarissa looks at him as ______________________.

3. Who waits on Clarissa in the floral shop?

4. What does Clarissa find ridiculous about Peter?

5. Which of the following does NOT describe the young woman in #66?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Peter not realize about Clarissa as he chats with her in her room?

2. Who is Peter Walsh, and what role did he play in Clarissa's life?

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

4. What does Peter recall about Sally Seton from years ago?

5. What are Clarissa's thoughts on this June morning and what are some of the reasons that the world seems pleasant to her?

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

7. Who is Hugh Whitbread and what role does he play in Clarissa's lie?

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

9. In what ways is Clarissa like the author, Virginia Woolf, in her personality traits?

10. What were Peter's thoughts of Richard Dalloway when he first met him at a dinner party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of keeping up appearances. Identify at least two themes about keeping up appearances in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Clarissa. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Clarissa?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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