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. Which character opens Section 2's monologues?

2. What effect does Percival's presence have on the characters when he arrives in Section 4?

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

4. What is Susan doing when she begins her major monologue in Section 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe how Section 2 is structured.

7. Describe how Neville and Bernard are different as they appear in Section 3.

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

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

10. Characterize how Louis expresses his differences from Neville and Bernard in Section 3.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the novel's two most troubled characters: Rhoda and Neville. Identify their weaknesses as individuals, and offer the sources of their peculiarities. This essay should include detailed descriptions and evaluations of each of these characters and even offer ideas as to how they function similarly and differently.

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of Woolf choosing the passage of a single day as a metaphor for the passage of a group of lives from childhood to old age and even death? What about the metaphor is apt, and what does not seem proper? Why does Woolf include such a vast variety of images that do not always play into the central meaning of the text? What is the importance of the italicization of these passages? Elaborate as much as you can.

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