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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, how do we achieve self-confidence?

2. What occupation does Shakespeare's fictional sister set out to do?

3. According to the narrator, what does a woman with creative talent inevitably lose?

4. What does the narrator wonder about Shakespeare as she looks for answers in his tragedies?

5. While reading the newspaper, what is the narrator reminded of?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Woolf preempt the excuses she anticipates hearing from women who are not writing?

2. What things are important to a great novel, according to the narrator?

3. What impact did life experience and/or travel have on some writers, according to the narrator?

4. What does the narrator find awkward about Mary Carmichael's novel?

5. What major differences does the narrator find between women in fiction and women in history?

6. What effect does the narrator believe that time will have on the role of women in society.

7. What does the narrator find when she returns to reading fiction by a man?

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

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

10. What motives does Woolf reveal for her lecture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the reasons why women were more successful, initially, in writing novels than in writing poetry.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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