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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 color is "the light of emotion?"

2. What is the source of the narrator's income?

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

4. What year is this story set in?

5. What did women writers do before the eighteenth century to disguise their genders?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the fictional "Judith."

3. What does the narrator say about measuring a woman's accomplishments?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Where, according to the narrator, does genius like that of Shakespeare's come from?

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

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

Describe the major differences between Oxbridge and Fernham as they relate to the larger theme of the inequality of the sexes during the time period examined by the narrator. What other examples of disparate treatment does the narrator provide? How is inequality evident throughout the time periods readers are exposed to in the novel?

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