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. Whose "mind is far too complex to be roused by any single activity"?

2. Who arrives to pick up Rhoda at the end of Section 1?

3. Who did Bernard seek to comfort during Section 1?

4. What does Neville declare himself to be in Section 3?

5. How old is Rhoda in Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the way Section 3's introduction, the italicized vignette, fits in with the rest of Section 3 as a whole.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Write an essay which compares and contrasts any two of the sections' introductory vignettes. Pick one vignette which is typical of the whole novel, and one which is atypical (there are two in particular). What separates these vignettes? Include as many reasons as you can think of as to why Woolf would change her method at such a point in the text.

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