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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 heading does the narrator place on the page of notes she is taking while researching "women and fiction?"

2. Woolf claims that "the truer the facts the better the _______________."

3. What is the name of the friend who the narrator visits with after dinner at Fernham?

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

5. What female poet does the narrator recite to herself when leaving the luncheon, thinking that women must have hummed at parties before the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the narrator, what challenges will Mary Carmichael face as a writer?

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 are some arguments Woolf gives against the criticisms of her narrative?

4. What does the narrator tell her audience is the reason that they can see the treatment of women through history as so ridiculous?

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

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

7. What motives does Woolf reveal for her lecture?

8. What comical comparison does the narrator cite as one that men often use for the idea of women writing?

9. What is the source and amount of the narrator's income?

10. What is the narrator observing at the beginning of Chapter 6 that sets her on a discussion of the flow and unity of the sexes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Is A Room of One's Own a work of fiction, or merely an essay? Discuss the structure of the story and the elements of fiction within it.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of structure, integrity, and experience in creating fiction. What were the differences in how women approached these things vs. men?

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