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

2. What color is "the light of truth?"

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

4. What is the name of the women's college visited by the narrator?

5. Where does the narrator go after visiting Oxbridge and Fernham?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does the narrator ultimately decide to lecture about instead of "women and fiction?"

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

4. 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?

5. What does the narrator think that Coleridge meant by a mind that is androgynous?

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

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

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

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

10. What is served for lunch at the men's college?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the reasons why women were more successful, initially, in writing novels than in writing poetry.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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