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. To which poet does Bernard compare himself to the point of attempting imitation in Section 3?

2. Which of the children struggles with mathematics?

3. What does Bernard acknowledge about his and the other boys' first night at school?

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

5. To what does the narrator compare the sound of the waves at the end of Section 3's beginning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe how Section 2 is structured.

7. Which of the characters appears most at ease in Section 3, and why?

8. Why is Susan so distressed after she saw Jinny kiss Louis?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using ample textual evidence, agree or disagree with the statement that Woolf succeeds in authentically depicting the individual's quest for understanding of both self and the world around him or her. Develop an argument supported by the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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