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. Which museum does the narrator visit in Chapter 2?

2. Where does the narrator go after visiting Oxbridge and Fernham?

3. According to the narrator, men have often compared the idea of women creating anything like fiction or music to what?

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

5. What poet does the narrator recite to herself when leaving the luncheon, thinking that men must have hummed at parties before the war?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the narrator ask the reader to call her?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the narrator seem to say about relationships, both between characters and real people? What do we seek in relationships, according to the narrator?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the use of literary allusions in A Room of One's Own. Who/what is mentioned? How do these people and works relate to the story? What does the prevalence of allusions indirectly say about the author's own intelligence?

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