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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 image is Susan reminded of at the end of her monologue in Section 3?

2. What is the dominant image in the beginning of Section 2?

3. What is Louis's profession when the reader encounters him in Section 3?

4. Who decides to "put off my hopeless desire to be Susan, to be Jinny"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly analyze how the characters have developed as a group in the first two sections of the novel.

2. Which of the characters appears most at ease in Section 3, and why?

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. Describe the differences in Jinny and Rhoda's experience's while at school in Section 2.

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

7. How does the group act differently when Percival arrives in Section 4?

8. Bernard is clearly becoming the most central of the six characters. Describe his characteristics as he appears in Section 3.

9. Describe the way Section 3's introduction, the italicized vignette, fits in with the rest of Section 3 as a whole.

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

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

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 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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