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

2. In the age of Shakespeare, what does the narrator claim it would have been impossible for women to do?

3. What color is "the light of emotion?"

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

5. According to the narrator, what animal has the most eyes of all the animals?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is served for lunch at the men's college?

2. What is the narrator observing at the beginning of Chapter 6 that sets her on a discussion of the flow and unity of the sexes?

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

4. What does the narrator think that Coleridge meant by a mind that is androgynous?

5. Describe the fictional "Judith."

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does the narrator find when she returns to reading fiction by a man?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What major obstacles do women writers face, according to the narrator? Provide and describe three examples from the text. At what time, and why, did these obstacles exist? Were they overcome? How? What obstacles still exist?

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

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