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

2. According to the narrator, which animal lives the longest of all animals?

3. What occupation does Shakespeare's fictional sister set out to do?

4. According to the narrator, what animal has the most eyes of all the animals?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the fictional "Judith."

2. What does the narrator find that she feels when reading Professor von X's work about women?

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

4. What comparison does the narrator make regarding the city she visits the museum in?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What tone is pervasive throughout the poem by Lady Winchilsea that the narrator recites?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the evolution of women as the narrator takes the reader through it. Include a discussion of women as characters as well as writers.

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

In what ways do readers react to literature? Discuss what the narrator shares about how we respond to style, what readers will accept from a story, etc.

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