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. According to the narrator, in relation to her husband, what was a woman prior to the women's movement?

2. What design is on the china at the women's college?

3. After failing to find answers in other areas, what does the narrator look into upon her return to the British Museum?

4. In Chapter 2, what bill does the narrator give the waiter to pay for her meal?

5. What first name does the narrator give herself, even though she says it is unimportant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator attribute to the insanity of a woman like Judith?

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

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

5. What is the narrator surprised to find about the amount of history written that involves women?

6. Explain the comparison between women and mirrors presented by the narrator.

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

8. What happens once Mary Beton/the narrator's narrative ends?

9. What does the narrator ultimately decide to lecture about instead of "women and fiction?"

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is androgyny important in fiction, according to the narrator/Woolf? How does not being sex-conscious enhance fiction? What examples does Woolf provide of writers who wrote from both sides of the brain?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of structure, integrity, and experience in creating fiction. What were the differences in how women approached these things vs. men?

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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