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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 decides to "put off my hopeless desire to be Susan, to be Jinny"?
(a) Biddy.
(b) Mrs. Constable.
(c) Rhoda.
(d) Jinny.

2. Which of the children struggles with mathematics?
(a) Neville.
(b) Louis.
(c) Rhoda.
(d) Susan.

3. What is Susan doing when she begins her major monologue in Section 3?
(a) Walking through London.
(b) Going to sleep.
(c) Meeting Jinny and Rhoda.
(d) Walking in the early morning.

4. Who shifts in his seat in Section 2 so that he might catch a glimpse of Percival?
(a) Bernard.
(b) Dr. Crane.
(c) Louis.
(d) Neville.

5. Who arrives to pick up Rhoda at the end of Section 1?
(a) Percival.
(b) Her Aunt.
(c) Biddy.
(d) Miss Hudson.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Neville declare himself to be in Section 3?

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

3. Who did Bernard seek to comfort during Section 1?

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

5. When he is alone, who "is nothing" in Section 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Bernard is clearly becoming the most central of the six characters. Describe his characteristics as he appears in Section 3.

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

9. Describe how Section 2 is structured.

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

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