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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. Which museum does the narrator visit in Chapter 2?
(a) The Smithsonian.
(b) British Museum.
(c) The Met.
(d) Modern Museum.

2. 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 beaten and locked up.
(c) She could be elected governor.
(d) She could be kicked out of her house.

3. What poet does the narrator recite to herself when leaving the luncheon, thinking that men must have hummed at parties before the war?
(a) Keats.
(b) Williams.
(c) Tennyson.
(d) Frost.

4. Who, in the centuries before this story, had ownership of a woman's earnings?
(a) The church.
(b) Her husband.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her mother.

5. In what year were women granted the right to vote?
(a) 1896.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1920.
(d) 1918.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Shakespeare's fictional sister?

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

3. According to the narrator, which animal lives the longest of all animals?

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

5. According to the narrator, men have often compared the idea of women creating anything like fiction or music to what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What things are important to a great novel, according to the narrator?

5. Even though they originally were drawn to poetry, why does the narrator say women wrote novels?

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

7. 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?

8. What is the source and amount of the narrator's income?

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

10. 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?

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