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

2. What common factor is there in all of the writings the narrator reads about women?
(a) They are all written by women.
(b) Nothing. Each scholar has a differing opinion on them.
(c) They are all written by the same person.
(d) They all claim that women are inferior.

3. The narrator finds that the woman "pervades _________ from cover to cover;"
(a) Romance.
(b) The news.
(c) History.
(d) Poetry.

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

5. In the age of Shakespeare, what does the narrator claim it would have been impossible for women to do?
(a) Write the plays of Shakespeare.
(b) Get a cat.
(c) Attend college.
(d) Marry into money.

Short Answer Questions

1. While thinking about the Professor's work, what does the narrator find herself doing?

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

3. What does the narrator compare to the pile of books she gathers to study about women in the museum's library when it is placed on her desk?

4. What is the name of the women's college visited by the narrator?

5. Who, in the centuries before this story, had ownership of a woman's earnings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is served for lunch at the men's college?

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

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

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

5. As the narrator reaches in her research the fiction of her contemporaries, what progress has been made by women writers?

6. What does the narrator think that Coleridge meant by a mind that is androgynous?

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

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

9. What is the dinner at Fernham like?

10. What motives does Woolf reveal for her lecture?

(see the answer keys)

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