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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. With which particular person does Laura contrast her own life?
2. What genre of screenplay are they discussing?
3. What does Laura remember being sold in novelty shops?
4. What has made Richard feel wonderful?
5. At what time of day does Virginia set off for a walk?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what way is Laura's ambivalence towards her husband evident in Chapter 19 of The Hours?
2. What is unusual about Louis' visit?
3. What does Louis think of Clarissa?
4. What are some of the ways in which Laura justifies to herself her trip to the hotel just in order to read?
5. What are Laura's rather bitter hopes about heaven?
6. What does Virginia see as a kind of devil?
7. What fears does Virginia have at this point in the novel?
8. What distracts Laura as she gets out of her car at Mrs. Latch's house?
9. What makes Virginia, at this point, begin to reconsider killing off her character, Mrs. Dalloway?
10. Why does Laura delay joining her husband in bed as his birthday draws to an end?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Writing has been said to hold a mirror to life. What do you see of life in The Hours and how is this vision significant?
Essay Topic 2
How can knowledge of the context in which literature was composed deepen a reader's appreciation of the text? In your answer, refer closely to The Hours by Michael Cunningham, but you might expand your response by including reference to an additional text.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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