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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed essay that argues that Percival is either: 1) an intrinsic character to the novel, made only more important by the fact that he doesn't speak and dies at the novel's midpoint or 2) a kind of outlier or distraction, both for the characters in the text and the reader. In the course of this essay evaluate Percival's significance, his effect on each of the characters, and the role his death plays in shaping other character's lives.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the novel's final image. It is an appropriate one? What is the significance of both the waves as they appear in these vignettes, and as a title? Are there other instances of waves appearing in this novel, rather than in their literal form? There are many instances where a character's interior monologue describes something as being wave-like. Does the novel structurally parallel waves?

Essay Topic 3

Based on your familiarity and knowledge of the Modernist movement, how is this text the typical Modernist novel? What of its features are "Modernist?" What topics does it tackle that make it "Modernist?"

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