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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 notices the hand-holding between two characters in Section 8?
(a) Rhoda.
(b) Susan.
(c) Bernard.
(d) Jinny.

2. What phrase does Susan use to describe her position in life as it is in Section 7?
(a) That she, "divests herself of her authority."
(b) That she is, "no longer young. No longer part of the procession."
(c) That she is "not one of those who find their satisfaction in one person, or in infinity."
(d) She has "reached the summit of her desires."

3. To what kind of historical figures does Louis compare himself in Section 6?
(a) Members of parliament.
(b) Classical philosophers.
(c) Roman consuls.
(d) Romantic poets.

4. Generally, what word best describes the mood of Bernard at the end of section 8, as compared to the beginning?
(a) He has become more depressed.
(b) He has fallen into confusion.
(c) His mood has improved.
(d) He remains anxious and unsure.

5. What kind of insect does Woolf describe in the elaborate simile at the beginning of Section 7?
(a) A dragonfly.
(b) A moth.
(c) A beetle.
(d) An ant.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Section 8, what prevents the characters from relaxing around each other?

2. Which of the characters recognizes themselves as the group's strongest member in Section 5?

3. In Section 5, Neville struggles to accomplish what simple act?

4. Which speaker follows Susan in Section 7?

5. What is the first thing the reader learns in Section 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it significant that Bernard is not the first speaker in Section 5?

2. What do the characters do after they leave the restaurant in Section 8, and what happens then?

3. How does the structure of Section 5 parallel the development of the characters?

4. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

5. In Section 6, we encounter the three character who were omitted from the previous section. Describe their places in life at this point.

6. The first thing the reader learns in Section 5 is that Percival has died. How did he die, and who does it seem to have the strongest effect on?

7. Which image becomes more dominant in Section 8's introductory vignette, and what do you think it signifies?

8. What is significant about how Rhoda appears in Section 7?

9. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

10. What is the significance of the way the birds are depicted in Section 7's introduction?

(see the answer keys)

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