The Waves Test | Final 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. In Section 8, who contends that the characters have "destroyed something by our presence"?

2. What time of day does the passage at the beginning of Section 5 describe?

3. In Section 6, Who remarks, "Percival has died . . . Life passes."?

4. Who notices the hand-holding between two characters in Section 8?

5. Which of the characters begins Section 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Elaborate on what Rhoda identifies as the problems the characters have faced in their lives in Section 8.

2. What is the significance of the way the birds are depicted in Section 7's introduction?

3. Describe how the characters feel during the dinner they share in Section 8.

4. Why doesn't Percival's death have a strong effect on Bernard in Section 5?

5. What do the characters do after they leave the restaurant in Section 8, and what happens then?

6. How does the structure of Section 5 parallel the development of the characters?

7. What is significant about how Rhoda appears in Section 7?

8. What is different about Susan in Section 7?

9. Describe the way Louis is characterized in Section 7.

10. What are the characters doing at the beginning of Section 8, and why is that important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed essay that addresses the question of whether or not Bernard is the novel's central character. Provide ample textual evidence to support your claim.

Essay Topic 2

For a novel that features characters who think so much about self-determination and identity, what does Woolf ultimately say about the quest for self-knowledge? Develop an argument that includes plenty of textual evidence to support your belief.

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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