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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the men's college visited by the narrator?
(a) Fernham.
(b) Oxford.
(c) Cambridge.
(d) Oxbridge.

2. According to the narrator, in relation to her husband, what was a woman prior to the women's movement?
(a) Property.
(b) An equal.
(c) A queen.
(d) An employee.

3. What object does the narrator think best exemplifies a woman's purpose for a man?
(a) A mule.
(b) A garden tool.
(c) A porcelain doll.
(d) A mirror.

4. In the fictional tale of Shakespeare's sister, how old is she when she leaves home?
(a) Eighteen.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Almost twenty.
(d) Not yet seventeen.

5. To what does the narrator compare compiling information about the day-to-day life of a woman?
(a) Pulling teeth.
(b) Rewriting history.
(c) Challenging authority.
(d) Crying wolf.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose influence is all over the paper, and is "the power and the money and the influence," metaphorically?

2. What is one thing the narrator compares the big city she is visiting to?

3. According to the narrator, men have often compared the idea of women creating anything like fiction or music to what?

4. How many children did "Mrs. Seton" have?

5. What does the narrator see that makes her laugh when looking out the window at the Oxbridge luncheon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is interesting about the way the narrator says that she addresses Mary Carmichael?

2. What does the narrator find awkward about Mary Carmichael's novel?

3. What change in the nineteenth century legitimized women's writing?

4. Where does the narrator go to continue her research on women and fiction after visiting the two colleges?

5. Why does the narrator have trouble making notes about her research in Chapter 2?

6. What motives does Woolf reveal for her lecture?

7. What kinds of things does Dorothy write about, in contrast to the Lady and Margaret?

8. What does the narrator say women writers will begin addressing, as men have done to them?

9. What options does the narrator give as meanings for the term "women and fiction?"

10. What does the narrator find when she returns to reading fiction by a man?

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