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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. 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.

2. Who begins Section 3?
(a) Bernard.
(b) Susan.
(c) Louis.
(d) Rhoda.

3. When he is alone, who "is nothing" in Section 4?
(a) Rhoda.
(b) Louis.
(c) Neville.
(d) Bernard.

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

5. Who is this Section 4's opening speaker?
(a) Jinny.
(b) Bernard.
(c) Louis.
(d) Percival.

Short Answer Questions

1. What effect does Percival's presence have on the characters when he arrives in Section 4?

2. Which character opens Section 2's monologues?

3. What does Bernard describe during his first line of monologue?

4. What is significant about what day it is at the end of Section 2?

5. To where does Percival travel from England?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. What is significant about the way Section 2 is introduced?

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

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

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

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

9. Characterize how Louis expresses his differences from Neville and Bernard in Section 3.

10. Describe how Section 2 is structured.

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