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. The narrator says that prunes are not _________.

2. To what does the narrator compare compiling information about the day-to-day life of a woman?

3. How much income does the narrator receive per year?

4. In the fictional tale of Shakespeare's sister, how old is she when she leaves home?

5. What is the title of the work by the angry Professor von X.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the narrator say women writers will begin addressing, as men have done to them?

5. What kinds of things does Dorothy write about, in contrast to the Lady and Margaret?

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

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

8. What does Mary wonder about the conversation at the Oxbridge luncheon?

9. Why does the narrator say it seems so sad that Lady WInchilsea's poetry is so bitter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the different ways that the narrator reveals women are objectified. For example, how are they simply mirrors for men? In what other ways are women presented as inactive objects?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the major differences between Oxbridge and Fernham as they relate to the larger theme of the inequality of the sexes during the time period examined by the narrator. What other examples of disparate treatment does the narrator provide? How is inequality evident throughout the time periods readers are exposed to in the novel?

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