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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. What is the name of the cook at school?
(a) Miss Hudson.
(b) Biddy.
(c) Miss Lambert.
(d) Miss Curry.

2. To where does Percival travel from England?
(a) To India.
(b) To Africa.
(c) To America.
(d) To Australia.

3. What does Bernard describe during his first line of monologue?
(a) A globe.
(b) Fruity smells.
(c) An elephant.
(d) A spider's web.

4. How would you characterize Neville's attitude as he waits for the others to arrive in Section 4?
(a) Depressed.
(b) Impatient.
(c) Agitated.
(d) Calm.

5. To which poet does Bernard compare himself to the point of attempting imitation in Section 3?
(a) Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
(b) Lord Byron.
(c) Robert Burns.
(d) John Keats.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is enamored with the light caused by Miss Lambert's ring?

2. Who says, "I am one person--myself"?

3. Which of the female characters seems most content with her place in life when the reader encounters her in Section 3?

4. What do the characters wish to do with the moment they share in the restaurant in Section 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the attitude of the characters towards each other prior to Percival's arrival in Section 4.

2. What is significant about displaying the children in school in the novel's first section?

3. Elaborate on what Rhoda identifies as the problems the characters have faced in their lives in Section 8.

4. Describe in your own words the scene at the very beginning of Section 1, and offer an idea of why Woolf would begin this novel in such a way.

5. What is the novel's final image, and discuss its importance.

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

7. What is most notable about Section 5's opening description and why?

8. What is distinctive about Section 9, and what does that signify?

9. What is significant about how Rhoda appears in Section 7?

10. In Section 6, we encounter the three character who were omitted from the previous section. Describe their places in life at this point.

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