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. How did Peter feel about Clarissa when they were in Bourton?

2. How had Clarissa hurt Peter years ago?

3. Peter's life is very __________________.

4. Who enters the room when Peter is questioning Clarissa about her happiness with Richard?

5. Who did Peter Walsh marry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author introduce Clarissa Dalloway?

4. Who are Septimus and Lucrezia and what behavior of Septimus' bothers her when they are with other people in the park?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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