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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 could happen to a woman who refused to marry the man her parents chose for her prior to the 19th century?
(a) She could be executed.
(b) She could be elected governor.
(c) She could be beaten and locked up.
(d) She could be kicked out of her house.

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

3. What quote from Pope does the narrator cite regarding women?
(a) "Women are equal in all ways to men."
(b) "Most women have no character at all."
(c) "Woman, without her man, is nothing."
(d) "Women are essential and hopeful."

4. What occupation does Shakespeare's fictional sister set out to do?
(a) Seamstress.
(b) Writer.
(c) Waitress.
(d) Actress.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the source of the narrator's income?

2. What does the narrator say that the women before her were doing instead of earning money?

3. What does the narrator find fascinating about all the books written about women?

4. Woolf claims that "the truer the facts the better the _______________."

5. During which month does the narrator visit the two colleges?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the beadle upset that Mary is walking on the grass of the men's college?

2. What does reading the newspaper in Chapter 2 make the narrator conclude?

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

4. What comical comparison does the narrator cite as one that men often use for the idea of women writing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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