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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 time is dinner being served at Fernham?
(a) 6:00 pm.
(b) 5:15 pm.
(c) 8:00 pm.
(d) 7:30 pm.

2. The narrator claims that "it is in our idleness, in our ______, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."
(a) Minds.
(b) Anger.
(c) Hearts.
(d) Dreams.

3. What does the narrator compare to a fish as she sits thinking by the river bank?
(a) The school.
(b) Her husband.
(c) A thought.
(d) Herself.

4. During which month does the narrator visit the two colleges?
(a) May.
(b) January.
(c) October.
(d) April.

5. What does the narrator say about Shakespeare's mother?
(a) She was overbearing.
(b) She was an heiress.
(c) She was cruel.
(d) She was ugly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does a woman need in order to write fiction, according to Woolf?

2. What is the name of the friend who the narrator visits with after dinner at Fernham?

3. What era does the narrator pay particular attention to when looking into women in history?

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

5. What did women writers do before the eighteenth century to disguise their genders?

Short Essay Questions

1. What major differences does the narrator find between women in fiction and women in history?

2. What does the narrator urge the Carmichael's of the world to ignore?

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

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

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

6. Why is the narrator turned away from the library at Oxbridge?

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

8. What, according to the narrator as she reflects on her financial situation, will eat away at the spirit over time?

9. What is the narrator observing at the beginning of Chapter 6 that sets her on a discussion of the flow and unity of the sexes?

10. How does Woolf preempt the excuses she anticipates hearing from women who are not writing?

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