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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

Describe the difference between women in history and women in fiction that the narrator discovers. Why does such a difference exist? What reasons does the narrator provide or hint at?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. Given what the narrator reveals about each women, how are they similar in both their approach to writing and their experience of it? How is this evidenced in their works?

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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