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

2. What could happen to a woman who refused to marry the man her parents chose for her prior to the 19th century?

3. Who does the narrator find herself envious of in the museum?

4. In what year were women granted the right to vote?

5. What topic has the narrator asked to lecture about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What things are important to a great novel, according to the narrator?

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

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

4. What do Lady Winchilsea and Margaret of Newcastle have in common?

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

6. What does the narrator urge the Carmichael's of the world to ignore?

7. What, according to the narrator as she reflects on her financial situation, will eat away at the spirit over time?

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

9. Where, according to the narrator, does genius like that of Shakespeare's come from?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Why is androgyny important in fiction, according to the narrator/Woolf? How does not being sex-conscious enhance fiction? What examples does Woolf provide of writers who wrote from both sides of the brain?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the consistent references to rhythm and flow throughout the text. What imagery evokes a rhythmic flow in the narrator's story? What does Woolf explicitly say about rhythm and unity?

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