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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 color is "the light of emotion?"

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

3. According to the narrator's research, what practice is common in the treatment of women throughout history?

4. What building is the narrator not allowed into at the men's college?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What evidence does the narrator point to that women were not in an unimpeded, incandescent state of mind conducive to writing poetry in the Elizabethan era?

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

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

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

6. What does the phrase "Chloe liked Olivia" set the narrator on a discussion about?

7. What are Woolf's closing remarks about Judith?

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

9. What is the narrator observing at the beginning of Chapter 6 that sets her on a discussion of the flow and unity of the sexes?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In what ways do readers react to literature? Discuss what the narrator shares about how we respond to style, what readers will accept from a story, etc.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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