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. Why is one of the characters not permitted to go on the walk in Section 1?

2. What does the italicized prose at the beginning of the first section describe?

3. What is the name of the boys' headmaster?

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

5. Who kissed Louis in the garden?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Overall, what should the reader take away as most significant from Section 1?

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

6. Briefly analyze Neville's attitude towards religion.

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

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

9. What is significant about the way Section 2 is introduced?

10. Describe in your own words the scene at the very beginning of Section 1, and offer an idea of why Woolf would begin this novel in such a way.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?"

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of a narrator in a typical novel? Is there are narrator in this text? Are each of the six characters a "narrator" because they "narrate?" How do you characterize the speaker that relates the introductory vignettes? Is Woolf the novel's narrator, or merely its architect? Explain what a narrator is, what kinds of narrators there are, whether there are any in this text, and if not, how that affects its reception by the reader.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Louis and Bernard, who seem to constantly sway between admiration and jealousy toward each other. Why do they pursue such separate life paths? What leads them to their major decisions? How do they find themselves at the novel's conclusion? What makes them arguably the two most similar characters in the text?

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