The Waves Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rhoda react to the party in Section 3?

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

3. What does Bernard acknowledge about his and the other boys' first night at school?

4. Who arrives to pick up Rhoda at the end of Section 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Overall, what should the reader take away as most significant from Section 1?

2. What is significant about the opening description to Section 4?

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

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

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

6. Describe the differences in Jinny and Rhoda's experience's while at school in Section 2.

7. 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.

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

9. Describe the attitude of the characters towards each other prior to Percival's arrival in Section 4.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that details the significance of setting in this novel. We are exposed to both the country and the city, the classroom and the church, and spend a fair amount of time in cafés and restaurants. The setting in the introductory vignettes are also of particular significance. Examine the discrepancies in descriptions of settings between the monologues and the vignettes, and evaluate who, if any, of the characters have a particular fascination with setting.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay which compares and contrasts any two of the sections' introductory vignettes. Pick one vignette which is typical of the whole novel, and one which is atypical (there are two in particular). What separates these vignettes? Include as many reasons as you can think of as to why Woolf would change her method at such a point in the text.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the structure of this novel in the course of a detailed essay. Evaluate and identify the rising and falling action as well as the climax. Explain whether this text would have been executed more effectively if Woolf had chosen a different form rather than the constant intertwining of interior monologues.

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