Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
What is the significance of Woolf choosing the passage of a single day as a metaphor for the passage of a group of lives from childhood to old age and even death? What about the metaphor is apt, and what does not seem proper? Why does Woolf include such a vast variety of images that do not always play into the central meaning of the text? What is the importance of the italicization of these passages? Elaborate as much as you can.
When Jinny kisses Louis, only Susan is privy to the event, and this event should have only affected these three characters. But the loss of innocence pervades the whole novel. Write an essay which examines the theme of the loss of innocence, beginning with an analysis of "The Kiss" and its effect on the group.
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.
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