A Room of One's Own Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What design is on the china at the women's college?

2. In what year were women granted the right to vote?

3. What is the title of the work by the angry Professor von X.?

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

5. In Chapter 2, what bill does the narrator give the waiter to pay for her meal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator consider as something that men seek in relationships with women?

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

3. What do Lady Winchilsea and Margaret of Newcastle have in common?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the narrator ask the reader to call her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the different ways that the narrator reveals women are objectified. For example, how are they simply mirrors for men? In what other ways are women presented as inactive objects?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the theme of emotion vs. reason that is presented in the novel. What does the narrator make of the "facts" presented about women, and are they facts at all? How does the narrator conclude that anger fuels some writing about the relations between the sexes? What other applications does the theme have to gender relations?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the difference between women in history and women in fiction that the narrator discovers. Why does such a difference exist? What reasons does the narrator provide or hint at?

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