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

2. What does the narrator suspect that men are concerned with even more than women's inferiority?

3. What topic has the narrator asked to lecture about?

4. What is one thing the narrator compares the big city she is visiting to?

5. What meanings does the narrator present as possibilities for discussing the lecture topic?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What major differences does the narrator find between women in fiction and women in history?

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

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

5. What happens once Mary Beton/the narrator's narrative ends?

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

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

8. What does the phrase "Chloe liked Olivia" set the narrator on a discussion about?

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

10. What is the dinner at Fernham like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose or main thesis of A Room of One's Own? What evidence does Woolf provide to support her thesis?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Describe the different ways that the narrator reveals women are objectified. For example, how are they simply mirrors for men? In what other ways are women presented as inactive objects?

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