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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is she 'allowed' to be self-indulgent at the moment?
(a) She is pregnant.
(b) She has just finished a diet.
(c) She is hoping she is pregnant.
(d) Her husband has just confirmed how much he loves her.

2. In what season of the year does this part of the story take place?
(a) Summer.
(b) Winter.
(c) Autumn.
(d) Spring.

3. When does Virginia say a person feels free to do anything?
(a) When one lives in permissive times.
(b) In old age.
(c) In the brief time when one is young.
(d) When one has reached maturity.

4. What are Virginia and Marjorie doing when Vanessa arrives?
(a) Squabbling.
(b) Reading proofs and parceling up books.
(c) Having morning tea.
(d) Writing and reading galley proofs.

5. What is the maid's response to Leonard's alarm?
(a) She goes to the phone to call the police.
(b) She panics and starts to cry.
(c) She panics and runs to the kitchen.
(d) She turns her head away and conceals a smile of triumph.

Short Answer Questions

1. In her suicide note, what impression does Virginia give of her marriage?

2. What literary device is represented by 'sinister beauty'?

3. How does Virginia feel around servants?

4. Why is Laura disappointed?

5. What does the word 'emanate' mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Virginia not engage more with Nelly over the matter of the day's menu?

2. What sets a favorable writing mindset for Virginia Woolf in this chapter?

3. Account for Virginia's idea that death means freedom.

4. Comment on the style of the Prologue to The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

5. Explain what is meant by the comment that Laura Brown is 'trying to keep herself'.

6. What is significant about the kiss Laura gives to Kitty?

7. For what reasons has Virginia Woolf decided to end her life?

8. Of what significance is the bird that Laura briefly glimpses?

9. What does Virginia Woolf value about youth?

10. What is significant about the utterance of the word 'hurl'?

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