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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 building is the narrator not allowed into at the men's college?

2. What does the narrator suspect that men are concerned with even more than women's inferiority?

3. What does the narrator compare to the pile of books she gathers to study about women in the museum's library when it is placed on her desk?

4. Where does the narrator go after leaving the museum?

5. To the narrator, excluding women from history makes it seem "unreal" and "________."

Short Essay Questions

1. What things are important to a great novel, according to the narrator?

2. What does reading the newspaper in Chapter 2 make the narrator conclude?

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

4. According to the narrator, what impact does vanity have upon creative works?

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

6. Why does the narrator have trouble making notes about her research in Chapter 2?

7. When Mary comes upon the chapel at Oxbridge, what do her thoughts instantly go to?

8. What comparison does the narrator make regarding the city she visits the museum in?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the theme of emotion vs. reason that is presented in the novel. What does the narrator make of the "facts" presented about women, and are they facts at all? How does the narrator conclude that anger fuels some writing about the relations between the sexes? What other applications does the theme have to gender relations?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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