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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. Who careens past on a bicycle?

2. What is a sarcophagus?

3. Why is she 'allowed' to be self-indulgent at the moment?

4. How does Virginia describe Ralph?

5. Her memories of 'taking the Host' show us what about Laura?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Virginia wish to avoid Nelly on this particular morning?

2. Why is Laura fearful of Richie making an error as he helps her make the cake?

3. How pervasive are the voices Virginia hears?

4. What does Willie Bass think of Clarissa?

5. What does Virginia Woolf value about youth?

6. What impression of Leonard Woolf is given in this chapter?

7. What is the 'inner faculty' that Virginia refers to?

8. What went wrong with the relationship of Clarissa and Richard when they were younger?

9. Comment on an aspect of the Prologue's final paragraph.

10. What is the significance of the literary prize that Richard has been awarded?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'Cunningham's The Hours is unremittingly depressing.' Do you agree? Is the view of life he presents a gloomy one? Refer closely to the text.

Essay Topic 2

Write a detailed critical essay on Michael Cunningham's The Hours. This should be a substantial essay that examines concepts, style, imagery, characterization and imaginative vision. Evaluate the novel. Do you think it deserved its Pulitzer Prize? You will need to write 800-1,000 words.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay that discusses the contribution of the minor characters in The Hours. Could any of them have been omitted? What difference do they make to the story? Do they enrich it in any way?

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