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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. What is the name of the friend who the narrator visits with after dinner at Fernham?

2. Which word best describes the food at the Oxbridge luncheon?

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

4. What is the title of the work by the angry Professor von X.?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What options does the narrator give as meanings for the term "women and fiction?"

2. What does the narrator tell her audience is the reason that they can see the treatment of women through history as so ridiculous?

3. What kinds of things does Dorothy write about, in contrast to the Lady and Margaret?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the consistent references to rhythm and flow throughout the text. What imagery evokes a rhythmic flow in the narrator's story? What does Woolf explicitly say about rhythm and unity?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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