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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. After reading the opening to Section 4, about what time of day is it?
(a) Noon.
(b) Midnight.
(c) Mid-evening.
(d) Late afternoon.

2. What is the first speaker musing on at the beginning of Section 3?
(a) Classical poets.
(b) The form of waves.
(c) Whether there is an afterlife.
(d) The nature of identity.

3. Who provides an elaborate description of bathing at the end of the day?
(a) Bernard.
(b) Louis.
(c) Rhoda.
(d) Jinny.

4. Who refers to all the happenings as "scuffling and hubbub"?
(a) Bernard.
(b) Louis.
(c) Rhoda.
(d) Neville.

5. Who asserts, "One moment does not lead to another" in Section 4?
(a) Bernard.
(b) Rhoda.
(c) Susan.
(d) Jinny.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the character who witnesses the kiss in Section 1 react to it?

2. What are the children doing as the novel begins?

3. What is Louis doing upon the commencement of his major monologue in Section 3?

4. Whose "mind is far too complex to be roused by any single activity"?

5. What is Louis's profession when the reader encounters him in Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the major event that occurs in Section 4, and why is it significant?

2. Describe the way Section 3's introduction, the italicized vignette, fits in with the rest of Section 3 as a whole.

3. Characterize Bernard's attitude towards Louis as described in Section 3.

4. Describe the boys' experiences in chapel while at school in Section 2.

5. What is significant about the way Section 2 is introduced?

6. Why is Bernard's announcement of his engagement in Section 4 significant?

7. When the characters change locations in the text, it is not always noticeable. Identify why this is and the effect on the reader.

8. Describe the differences in Jinny and Rhoda's experience's while at school in Section 2.

9. What is significant about the opening description to Section 4?

10. Which of the characters appears most at ease in Section 3, and why?

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