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. The narrator finds that the woman "pervades _________ from cover to cover;"

2. What female poet does the narrator recite to herself when leaving the luncheon, thinking that women must have hummed at parties before the war?

3. Which museum does the narrator visit in Chapter 2?

4. What, does the narrator claim, is "worse than being locked out?"

5. What is one thing the narrator compares the big city she is visiting to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator find remarkable about all the books written about women?

3. What impact did life experience and/or travel have on some writers, according to 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. Describe the fictional "Judith."

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the shift in point of view that takes place at the end of the novel. Why is it important? How does Woolf address potential critics? What does she reveal as the motive for this lecture?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the characterization of Judith. How is she different from her brother? How are they similar? What does she represent to the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. Given what the narrator reveals about each women, how are they similar in both their approach to writing and their experience of it? How is this evidenced in their works?

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