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

2. In what city is Bernard in the beginning of Section 4?
(a) Ipswich.
(b) Liverpool.
(c) London.
(d) Leeds.

3. Who is primarily focused on appearances early in Section 2?
(a) Jinny.
(b) Louis.
(c) Rhoda.
(d) Susan.

4. What does Neville declare himself to be in Section 3?
(a) A lover.
(b) An historian.
(c) A philosopher.
(d) A poet.

5. Who takes the children for a "brisk walk"?
(a) Miss Hudson.
(b) Mis Curry.
(c) Mrs. Constable.
(d) Biddy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who repeats variations of the phrase, "I will gather my flowers and present them--Oh! to whom?"

2. Which subject do the children appear to have a strong grasp of?

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

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

5. Who says, "Now let us issue from the darkness of solitude" at one point in Section 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

7. Describe how Section 2 is structured.

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

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

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

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