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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 are the boys doing when the monologues in Section 2 return to their perspective?
(a) Playing at recess.
(b) Walking to lunch.
(c) Going to chapel.
(d) Heading to classes.

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

3. Which character opens Section 2's monologues?
(a) Susan.
(b) Bernard.
(c) Jinny.
(d) Louis.

4. Who remarks, "The world is entire, and I am outside of it . . ."?
(a) Jinny.
(b) Bernard.
(c) Neville.
(d) Rhoda.

5. Who says, "I am one person--myself"?
(a) Bernard.
(b) Louis.
(c) Neville.
(d) Jinny.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bernard acknowledge about his and the other boys' first night at school?

2. To where does Percival travel from England?

3. Who decides to "put off my hopeless desire to be Susan, to be Jinny"?

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

5. In what city is Bernard in the beginning of Section 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Why is Susan so distressed after she saw Jinny kiss Louis?

4. Describe the fears, or the lack of fears, that the characters articulate in Section 3.

5. Which of the boys seems to have the strongest attachment to Percival? Please provide some evidence in your answer.

6. As the characters appear in Section 2, do you feel that they are becoming more or less self-aware? Briefly explain your answer with relevant examples from the text.

7. How are Jinny and Rhoda characterized in Section 3?

8. Why is it relevant that Bernard is the first speaker in Section 4?

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

10. Briefly analyze Neville's attitude towards religion.

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