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. What word does Louis use to characterize himself in Section 3?

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

3. Who "only understands cries of love, hate, rage and pain"?

4. When he is alone, who "is nothing" in Section 4?

5. Who professes, without reservation, "Life will divide us"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What in particular separates Section 7 from the prior two sections, and why is that significant?

2. What is significant about displaying the children in school in the novel's first section?

3. What is the significance of the way the birds are depicted in Section 7's introduction?

4. Why is it relevant that Bernard is the first speaker in Section 4?

5. What is the significance of Bernard's efforts to perpetually simplify?

6. What are the characters doing at the beginning of Section 8, and why is that important?

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

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

9. When the characters change locations in the text, it is not always noticeable. Identify why this is and the effect on the reader.

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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