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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

Using ample textual evidence, agree or disagree with the statement that Woolf succeeds in authentically depicting the individual's quest for understanding of both self and the world around him or her. Develop an argument supported by the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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