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 wonder about Shakespeare as she looks for answers in his tragedies?

2. In the fictional tale of Shakespeare's sister, how old is she when she leaves home?

3. Which word best describes the food served at the Fernham dinner?

4. Woolf claims that "the truer the facts the better the _______________."

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mary wonder about the conversation at the Oxbridge luncheon?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. As the narrator reaches in her research the fiction of her contemporaries, what progress has been made by women writers?

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

10. What comical comparison does the narrator cite as one that men often use for the idea of women writing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What major obstacles do women writers face, according to the narrator? Provide and describe three examples from the text. At what time, and why, did these obstacles exist? Were they overcome? How? What obstacles still exist?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the major differences between Oxbridge and Fernham as they relate to the larger theme of the inequality of the sexes during the time period examined by the narrator. What other examples of disparate treatment does the narrator provide? How is inequality evident throughout the time periods readers are exposed to in the novel?

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