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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. Which of the speakers expresses an appreciation for natural beauty in Section 3?
2. Who takes the children for a "brisk walk"?
3. To where does Percival travel from England?
4. Who is picking flowers alone in the novel's first section?
5. How does Rhoda react to the party in Section 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. What is significant about the opening description to Section 4?
3. 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.
4. Why is Bernard's announcement of his engagement in Section 4 significant?
5. What is the major event that occurs in Section 4, and why is it significant?
6. Briefly analyze Neville's attitude towards religion.
7. Describe the differences in Jinny and Rhoda's experience's while at school in Section 2.
8. Describe the fears, or the lack of fears, that the characters articulate in Section 3.
9. Why is it relevant that Bernard is the first speaker in Section 4?
10. Describe the way Section 3's introduction, the italicized vignette, fits in with the rest of Section 3 as a whole.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Two characters die in this text, Rhoda and Percival, and there are at least two births, to Susan and Bernard. Evaluate the significance of the death of these two characters.
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