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 is the singing of the birds described in Section 3's opening?

2. Who shifts in his seat in Section 2 so that he might catch a glimpse of Percival?

3. What is the name of the cook at school?

4. What is the first speaker musing on at the beginning of Section 3?

5. Who hears "something stamping"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the boys' experiences in chapel while at school in Section 2.

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

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

4. How does the group act differently when Percival arrives in Section 4?

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

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

7. Why is it relevant that Bernard is the first speaker in Section 4?

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

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

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 addresses the question of whether or not Bernard is the novel's central character. Provide ample textual evidence to support your claim.

Essay Topic 2

In a detailed essay, outline the role Rhoda plays in the group. Is she a kind of tragic hero? What is the source or her paralysis and misanthropy? Fully describe this character using ample textual evidence.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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