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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 does Bernard refer to as "the authentics" in Section 4?

3. Which of the children struggles with mathematics?

4. What is Louis's profession when the reader encounters him in Section 3?

5. Who is primarily focused on appearances early in Section 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Briefly analyze Neville's attitude towards religion.

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. Describe the fears, or the lack of fears, that the characters articulate in Section 3.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of a narrator in a typical novel? Is there are narrator in this text? Are each of the six characters a "narrator" because they "narrate?" How do you characterize the speaker that relates the introductory vignettes? Is Woolf the novel's narrator, or merely its architect? Explain what a narrator is, what kinds of narrators there are, whether there are any in this text, and if not, how that affects its reception by the reader.

Essay Topic 2

When Jinny kisses Louis, only Susan is privy to the event, and this event should have only affected these three characters. But the loss of innocence pervades the whole novel. Write an essay which examines the theme of the loss of innocence, beginning with an analysis of "The Kiss" and its effect on the group.

Essay Topic 3

Write a detailed essay that argues that Percival is either: 1) an intrinsic character to the novel, made only more important by the fact that he doesn't speak and dies at the novel's midpoint or 2) a kind of outlier or distraction, both for the characters in the text and the reader. In the course of this essay evaluate Percival's significance, his effect on each of the characters, and the role his death plays in shaping other character's lives.

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