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 is Bernard doing at the beginning of Section 3?

2. What does Neville declare himself to be in Section 3?

3. Which of the children struggles with mathematics?

4. What does Bernard describe during his first line of monologue?

5. Who begins Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Susan so distressed after she saw Jinny kiss Louis?

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

4. Briefly analyze Neville's attitude towards religion.

5. Characterize how Louis expresses his differences from Neville and Bernard in Section 3.

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

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

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

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

10. Characterize Bernard's attitude towards Louis as described in Section 3.

Essay Topics

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 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

Write an essay that details the significance of setting in this novel. We are exposed to both the country and the city, the classroom and the church, and spend a fair amount of time in cafés and restaurants. The setting in the introductory vignettes are also of particular significance. Examine the discrepancies in descriptions of settings between the monologues and the vignettes, and evaluate who, if any, of the characters have a particular fascination with setting.

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