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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. In Section 3, what common action does Jinny find "strange"?

2. To where does Percival travel from England?

3. Which of the girls is first to speak in Section 2?

4. What word does Louis use to characterize himself in Section 3?

5. Who instigated the kiss in the garden?

Short Essay Questions

1. Elaborate on what Rhoda identifies as the problems the characters have faced in their lives in Section 8.

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

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

4. In Section 6, we encounter the three character who were omitted from the previous section. Describe their places in life at this point.

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

6. The first thing the reader learns in Section 5 is that Percival has died. How did he die, and who does it seem to have the strongest effect on?

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

8. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

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

10. How does Bernard's role change in Section 8, and what evidence do you have to support that?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Based on your familiarity and knowledge of the Modernist movement, how is this text the typical Modernist novel? What of its features are "Modernist?" What topics does it tackle that make it "Modernist?"

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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