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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. To the narrator, excluding women from history makes it seem "unreal" and "________."
(a) Inventive.
(b) Chauvinistic.
(c) Happy.
(d) Lop-sided.

2. According to the narrator, how did Shakespeare get his start in the theater?
(a) By paying someone to give him a part in a play.
(b) By writing plays for actors.
(c) By cleaning the auditorium.
(d) By holding horses at the stage door.

3. What year is this story set in?
(a) 1920.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1860.
(d) 1900.

4. How many children did "Mrs. Seton" have?
(a) 5.
(b) 3.
(c) 13.
(d) 1.

5. Who does the narrator find herself envious of in the museum?
(a) Her husband.
(b) Her friend Mary.
(c) A fly on the wall.
(d) The person reading next to her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What characteristic does the narrator find is often assigned to fictional women?

2. According to the narrator, in relation to her husband, what was a woman prior to the women's movement?

3. What quote from Pope does the narrator cite regarding women?

4. What topic has the narrator asked to lecture about?

5. What writer does the narrator list as one whose self-consciousness the reader is aware of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Woolf encourage women to ignore when setting out to write?

2. Why does the narrator say it seems so sad that Lady WInchilsea's poetry is so bitter?

3. Where, according to the narrator, does genius like that of Shakespeare's come from?

4. What are the two criticisms that Woolf addresses in Chapter 6?

5. Disappointed with what she has researched so far about women and fiction, what/who does the narrator decide might provide some answers for her upon returning to the British Museum?

6. What does the narrator find remarkable about all the books written about women?

7. According to the narrator, what challenges will Mary Carmichael face as a writer?

8. According to the narrator, what impact does vanity have upon creative works?

9. What effect does the narrator believe that time will have on the role of women in society.

10. What evidence does the narrator point to that women were not in an unimpeded, incandescent state of mind conducive to writing poetry in the Elizabethan era?

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