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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. Which character closes Section 2?

2. What do the characters do upon Percival's arrival in Section 4?

3. Who repeats variations of the phrase, "I will gather my flowers and present them--Oh! to whom?"

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

5. What are the boys doing when the monologues in Section 2 return to their perspective?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Jinny and Rhoda characterized in Section 3?

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

3. Describe how Section 2 is structured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using ample textual evidence, agree or disagree with the statement that Woolf succeeds in authentically depicting the individual's quest for understanding of both self and the world around him or her. Develop an argument supported by the text.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Bernard revel in solitude at the end of the text? What does this say about him, and what does it say about the group as a whole? Do you think there is any evidence that Woolf is attempting to create a more subversive message, one that tarnishes the value of unified groups and instead expresses that the kind of unity the characters had as children was unattainable ever since Jinny kissed Louis? It would also be prudent to consider Rhoda's death for this question.

Essay Topic 3

Write a detailed essay which examines the many instances of foreshadowing in this novel. Of particular significance here is the way the characters appear in the first two sections to how they appear in the final sections. Consider comparing and contrasting the young and adult characters. Another good idea would be to look at Sections 4 and 8, the two most important sections which feature all of the characters in the same place and time. Pay particular attention to what emotions the characters have as children and how much these emotions carry over to their adult lives.

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