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. What writer does the narrator list as one whose self-consciousness the reader is aware of?

2. How does Shakespeare's fictional sister die?

3. What class of women in particular does the narrator claim is absent from history?

4. What fictional character does the narrator refer to as examples of women in fiction?

5. The narrator finds that the woman "is all but absent from ________."

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Woolf encourage women to ignore when setting out to write?

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

3. What do Lady Winchilsea and Margaret of Newcastle have in common?

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

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

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

7. Disappointed with what she has researched so far about women and fiction, what/who does the narrator decide might provide some answers for her upon returning to the British Museum?

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

9. What is the dinner at Fernham like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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