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 "is all but absent from ________."

2. The narrator claims that "it is in our idleness, in our ______, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."

3. What did women writers do before the eighteenth century to disguise their genders?

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

5. In the age of Shakespeare, what does the narrator claim it would have been impossible for women to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. When Mary comes upon the chapel at Oxbridge, what do her thoughts instantly go to?

6. What does reading the newspaper in Chapter 2 make the narrator conclude?

7. What does the narrator attribute to the insanity of a woman like Judith?

8. What is interesting about the way the narrator says that she addresses Mary Carmichael?

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

10. What motives does Woolf reveal for her lecture?

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

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 3

Is A Room of One's Own a work of fiction, or merely an essay? Discuss the structure of the story and the elements of fiction within it.

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