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A Room of One's Own Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

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?

Describe the different ways that the narrator reveals women are objectified. For example, how are they simply mirrors for men? In what other ways are women presented as inactive objects?

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