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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. According to the narrator's research, what practice is common in the treatment of women throughout history?
(a) Love-making.
(b) Verbal abuse.
(c) Wife-beating.
(d) Writing about marriage.

2. What does the narrator see that makes her laugh when looking out the window at the Oxbridge luncheon?
(a) A kissing couple.
(b) A clumsy beadle.
(c) A singing bird.
(d) A cat with no tail.

3. What does the narrator wonder about Shakespeare as she looks for answers in his tragedies?
(a) Who his wife was.
(b) How old he was.
(c) His state of mind when writing.
(d) Whether he was in love.

4. How does Shakespeare's fictional sister die?
(a) She kills herself.
(b) She is murdered.
(c) She falls of a horse.
(d) She dies in childbirth.

5. What meanings does the narrator present as possibilities for discussing the lecture topic?
(a) Women and the fiction they write.
(b) Women and the fiction that is written about them.
(c) All of the above.
(d) Women and what they are like.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, how do we achieve self-confidence?

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

3. Even up to the beginning of the nineteenth century, according to the narrator, what was "out of the question" for a woman?

4. The narrator wants to know, among other things, why woman are __________ than/to men.

5. What was the cost of founding the women's college?

Short Essay Questions

1. In conversing with a friend who works at the women's college, what does the narrator discover about the financial difference between women and men?

2. According to the books the narrator finds about the position of women in history, what treatment of women was typical in England's history?

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

4. What does the narrator attribute to the insanity of a woman like Judith?

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

6. What does the narrator find that she feels when reading Professor von X's work about women?

7. What does Mary wonder about the conversation at the Oxbridge luncheon?

8. Explain the comparison between women and mirrors presented by the narrator.

9. What impact did life experience and/or travel have on some writers, according to the narrator?

10. Even though the narrator does not care for Carmichael's writing, what does the narrator say Carmichael has accomplished?

(see the answer keys)

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