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

2. Where does the narrator spend the hour she has to spare before lunch at Oxbridge?

3. Who, in the centuries before this story, had ownership of a woman's earnings?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Where, according to the narrator, did Jane Austen write?

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

3. As the narrator reaches in her research the fiction of her contemporaries, what progress has been made by women writers?

4. What options does the narrator give as meanings for the term "women and fiction?"

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

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

7. What does the narrator say about measuring a woman's accomplishments?

8. What is interesting about the way the narrator says that she addresses Mary Carmichael?

9. What does the narrator think that Coleridge meant by a mind that is androgynous?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characterization of Judith. How is she different from her brother? How are they similar? What does she represent to the narrator?

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

Explain the use of literary allusions in A Room of One's Own. Who/what is mentioned? How do these people and works relate to the story? What does the prevalence of allusions indirectly say about the author's own intelligence?

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