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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 is one thing the narrator compares the big city she is visiting to?

2. According to the narrator, how did Shakespeare get his start in the theater?

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

4. To the narrator, excluding women from history makes it seem "unreal" and "________."

5. During which month does the narrator visit the two colleges?

Short Essay Questions

1. What motives does Woolf reveal for her lecture?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What evidence does the narrator point to that women were not in an unimpeded, incandescent state of mind conducive to writing poetry in the Elizabethan era?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Does money truly lead to freedom? How does this concept apply across both genders? How does having a fixed income inhibit or expand the narrator's ability to draw conclusions about women and fiction?

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