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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. During which month does the narrator visit the two colleges?

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

3. What, does the narrator claim, is "worse than being locked out?"

4. While reading the newspaper, what is the narrator reminded of?

5. What is the source of the narrator's income?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the narrator go to continue her research on women and fiction after visiting the two colleges?

2. Describe the fictional "Judith."

3. What effect does the narrator believe that time will have on the role of women in society.

4. What does the narrator consider as something that men seek in relationships with women?

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

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

7. What comical comparison does the narrator cite as one that men often use for the idea of women writing?

8. Why is the beadle upset that Mary is walking on the grass of the men's college?

9. Even though the narrator does not care for Carmichael's writing, what does the narrator say Carmichael has accomplished?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the shift in point of view that takes place at the end of the novel. Why is it important? How does Woolf address potential critics? What does she reveal as the motive for this lecture?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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