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. Who is upset that the narrator is walking on the grass at Oxbridge?

2. What does the narrator wonder about Shakespeare as she looks for answers in his tragedies?

3. What does the narrator compare to the pile of books she gathers to study about women in the museum's library when it is placed on her desk?

4. To the narrator, excluding women from history makes it seem "unreal" and "________."

5. According to the narrator, "Women do not write books about ______."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What effect does the narrator believe that time will have on the role of women in society.

3. What does the narrator tell her audience is the reason that they can see the treatment of women through history as so ridiculous?

4. What impact did life experience and/or travel have on some writers, according to the narrator?

5. What major differences does the narrator find between women in fiction and women in history?

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

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. 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?

9. What tone is pervasive throughout the poem by Lady Winchilsea that the narrator recites?

10. What change in the nineteenth century legitimized women's writing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of structure, integrity, and experience in creating fiction. What were the differences in how women approached these things vs. men?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the evolution of women as the narrator takes the reader through it. Include a discussion of women as characters as well as writers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the tone of A Room of One's Own. Compare it to other feminist works. Discuss the use of humor/sarcasm for levity. How is the tone dream-like in some places?

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