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. Whose influence is all over the paper, and is "the power and the money and the influence," metaphorically?

2. What characteristic does the narrator find is often assigned to fictional women?

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

4. To what city does Shakespeare's fictional sister set out after leaving home?

5. In the fictional tale of Shakespeare's sister, how old is she when she leaves home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the comparison between women and mirrors presented by the narrator.

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

3. How does Woolf preempt the excuses she anticipates hearing from women who are not writing?

4. Even though the narrator does not care for Carmichael's writing, what does the narrator say Carmichael has accomplished?

5. Why does the narrator say it seems so sad that Lady WInchilsea's poetry is so bitter?

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

7. 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?

8. What does the narrator say women writers will begin addressing, as men have done to them?

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

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

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

Discuss the tone of A Room of One's Own. Compare it to other feminist works. Discuss the use of humor/sarcasm for levity. How is the tone dream-like in some places?

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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