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 does the narrator compare to the feeling of having had a good meal and good conversation?

2. What time is dinner being served at Fernham?

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

4. What fictional character does the narrator refer to as examples of women in fiction?

5. Whose influence is all over the paper, and is "the power and the money and the influence," metaphorically?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does the narrator go to continue her research on women and fiction after visiting the two colleges?

3. Why does the narrator have trouble making notes about her research in Chapter 2?

4. Describe the fictional "Judith."

5. What are some arguments Woolf gives against the criticisms of her narrative?

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

7. What options does the narrator give as meanings for the term "women and fiction?"

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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