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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. Which subject do the children appear to have a strong grasp of?
(a) Mathematics.
(b) English Grammar.
(c) History.
(d) Science.

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

3. Who did Bernard seek to comfort during Section 1?
(a) Neville.
(b) Louis.
(c) Susan.
(d) Jinny.

4. What is Louis's profession when the reader encounters him in Section 3?
(a) Poet.
(b) Chef.
(c) Banker.
(d) Clerk.

5. What is the name of the cook at school?
(a) Miss Hudson.
(b) Miss Curry.
(c) Miss Lambert.
(d) Biddy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What physical feature does Rhoda struggle to identify on others?

2. Who is not permitted to go on the walk?

3. What "ceremony" does Bernard dislike so much?

4. To what does the narrator compare the sound of the waves at the end of Section 3's beginning?

5. What is Bernard doing at the beginning of Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

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