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. According to the narrator, what does a woman with creative talent inevitably lose?

3. The narrator claims to be seeking "the essential oil of _________" in the museum.

4. What does a woman need in order to write fiction, according to Woolf?

5. The narrator claims that "nothing is known about women before the _________ century."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to the narrator, what challenges will Mary Carmichael face as a writer?

3. What change in the nineteenth century legitimized women's writing?

4. Why is the narrator turned away from the library at Oxbridge?

5. What are the two criticisms that Woolf addresses in Chapter 6?

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

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

8. What does Mary wonder about the conversation at the Oxbridge luncheon?

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

10. What evidence does the narrator point to that women were not in an unimpeded, incandescent state of mind conducive to writing poetry in the Elizabethan era?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the difference between women in history and women in fiction that the narrator discovers. Why does such a difference exist? What reasons does the narrator provide or hint at?

Essay Topic 3

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

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