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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. To what does the narrator compare the sound of the waves at the end of Section 3's beginning?
(a) British infantry.
(b) Mongol hordes.
(c) Roman soldiers.
(d) Turbaned warriors.

2. In Section 2, Miss Lambert sits under a picture of whom?
(a) Queen Victoria.
(b) King James I.
(c) Queen Elizabeth.
(d) Queen Alexandra.

3. In Section 3, what common action does Jinny find "strange"?
(a) Crying.
(b) Sleeping.
(c) Eating.
(d) Exercising.

4. Who witnessed the kiss in the garden through a chink in the hedge in Section 1?
(a) Jinny.
(b) Susan.
(c) Rhoda.
(d) Neville.

5. Which of the girls is first to speak in Section 2?
(a) Rhoda.
(b) Susan.
(c) Jinny.
(d) Miss Lambert.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the italicized prose at the beginning of the first section describe?

2. Who instigated the kiss in the garden?

3. Which of the speakers expresses an appreciation for natural beauty in Section 3?

4. Who shifts in his seat in Section 2 so that he might catch a glimpse of Percival?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how each character is presented in Section 1.

3. Briefly analyze how the characters have developed as a group in the first two sections of the novel.

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

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

6. Why does Woolf use a line or two of monologue rather than dialogue to introduce the children in Section 1?

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

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

9. What is the significance of having each character introduce themselves by identifying a specific image in Section 1?

10. Overall, what should the reader take away as most significant from Section 1?

(see the answer keys)

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