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

2. The narrator wants to know, among other things, why woman are __________ than/to men.

3. What does the narrator find fascinating about all the books written about women?

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

5. What emotion sneaks up on the narrator while she is reading the Professor's work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the dinner at Fernham like?

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

3. According to the books the narrator finds about the position of women in history, what treatment of women was typical in England's history?

4. What, according to the narrator as she reflects on her financial situation, will eat away at the spirit over time?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. As the narrator reaches in her research the fiction of her contemporaries, what progress has been made by women writers?

10. What does the narrator find awkward about Mary Carmichael's novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characterization of Judith. How is she different from her brother? How are they similar? What does she represent to the narrator?

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

Discuss the evolution of women as the narrator takes the reader through it. Include a discussion of women as characters as well as writers.

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