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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 is picking flowers alone in the novel's first section?
3. Who does Bernard refer to as "the authentics" in Section 4?
4. What is Bernard doing at the beginning of Section 3?
5. Who says, "I am one person--myself"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of having each character introduce themselves by identifying a specific image in Section 1?
2. Which of the boys seems to have the strongest attachment to Percival? Please provide some evidence in your answer.
3. Which of the characters appears most at ease in Section 3, and why?
4. How does the group act differently when Percival arrives in Section 4?
5. Describe the differences in Jinny and Rhoda's experience's while at school in Section 2.
6. As the characters appear in Section 2, do you feel that they are becoming more or less self-aware? Briefly explain your answer with relevant examples from the text.
7. Why is it relevant that Bernard is the first speaker in Section 4?
8. Why is Susan so distressed after she saw Jinny kiss Louis?
9. Describe the way Section 3's introduction, the italicized vignette, fits in with the rest of Section 3 as a whole.
10. Briefly analyze how the characters have developed as a group in the first two sections of the novel.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
For a novel that features characters who think so much about self-determination and identity, what does Woolf ultimately say about the quest for self-knowledge? Develop an argument that includes plenty of textual evidence to support your belief.
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
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.
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