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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 building is the narrator not allowed into at the men's college?

2. The narrator wants to know, among other things, why woman are __________ than/to men.

3. The narrator says that prunes are not _________.

4. What time is dinner being served at Fernham?

5. What does the narrator say about Shakespeare's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. Even though they originally were drawn to poetry, why does the narrator say women wrote novels?

6. What motives does Woolf reveal for her lecture?

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

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

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

10. What does the narrator say women writers will begin addressing, as men have done to them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the major differences between Oxbridge and Fernham as they relate to the larger theme of the inequality of the sexes during the time period examined by the narrator. What other examples of disparate treatment does the narrator provide? How is inequality evident throughout the time periods readers are exposed to in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

What does the narrator seem to say about relationships, both between characters and real people? What do we seek in relationships, according to the narrator?

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