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

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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. Which word best describes the food at the Oxbridge luncheon?

2. Where does the narrator go after visiting Oxbridge and Fernham?

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

4. What common factor is there in all of the writings the narrator reads about women?

5. During which month does the narrator visit the two colleges?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What change in the nineteenth century legitimized women's writing?

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

4. 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?

5. Explain the comparison between women and mirrors presented by the narrator.

6. Why is the beadle upset that Mary is walking on the grass of the men's college?

7. What are the two criticisms that Woolf addresses in Chapter 6?

8. Why is the narrator turned away from the library at Oxbridge?

9. What does the narrator attribute to the insanity of a woman like Judith?

10. What does the phrase "Chloe liked Olivia" set the narrator on a discussion about?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Does money truly lead to freedom? How does this concept apply across both genders? How does having a fixed income inhibit or expand the narrator's ability to draw conclusions about women and fiction?

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