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. Who begins Section 3?

2. What is all that Neville possesses?

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

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

5. Who witnessed the kiss in the garden through a chink in the hedge in Section 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Overall, what should the reader take away as most significant from Section 1?

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

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

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

6. Briefly analyze Neville's attitude towards religion.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How is Woolf able to create a coherent text that features a plot that can be summed up in the course of a few sentences (which you should offer in the course of your essay)? What are her greatest successes and greatest failures? Keep in mind that this was Virgina Woolf's last fully completed novel published before her suicide, and is often regarded as her masterpiece (although many of her works are generally considered masterpieces in their own right). Do you agree with the historical appraisal of this novel? It is okay to not like, or even hate this novel, a text that engages in such high levels of experimentation is likely to be divisive. In regard to how you feel towards the novel in particular, try and fathom whatever the opposite opinion could be. That is, if you find the novel successful, talk about how you can see that others may find it tedious and difficult.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Louis and Bernard, who seem to constantly sway between admiration and jealousy toward each other. Why do they pursue such separate life paths? What leads them to their major decisions? How do they find themselves at the novel's conclusion? What makes them arguably the two most similar characters in the text?

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