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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 subject does the narrator's friend teach at the women's college?

2. The narrator claims that life for both sexes is a "perpetual _______."

3. What is the name of the stage manager who gets Shakespeare's fictional sister pregnant?

4. What era does the narrator pay particular attention to when looking into women in history?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the dinner at Fernham like?

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

7. What are Woolf's closing remarks about Judith?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Describe the difference between women in history and women in fiction that the narrator discovers. Why does such a difference exist? What reasons does the narrator provide or hint at?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the tone of A Room of One's Own. Compare it to other feminist works. Discuss the use of humor/sarcasm for levity. How is the tone dream-like in some places?

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