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 6, who does Susan deride towards the end of her monologue?

2. Who does Bernard decide against comforting in Section 5?

3. In Section 5, who does Rhoda refer to as "a snob"?

4. What should the reader infer that Rhoda is thinking about at the end of her Section 7 monologue?

5. Who has the first monologue of this Section 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bernard's role change in Section 8, and what evidence do you have to support that?

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

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

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

5. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.

6. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

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

8. Characterize Neville's state of mind as he appears at the end of Section 6.

9. In Section 6, we encounter the three character who were omitted from the previous section. Describe their places in life at this point.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Bernard revel in solitude at the end of the text? What does this say about him, and what does it say about the group as a whole? Do you think there is any evidence that Woolf is attempting to create a more subversive message, one that tarnishes the value of unified groups and instead expresses that the kind of unity the characters had as children was unattainable ever since Jinny kissed Louis? It would also be prudent to consider Rhoda's death for this question.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the novel's final image. It is an appropriate one? What is the significance of both the waves as they appear in these vignettes, and as a title? Are there other instances of waves appearing in this novel, rather than in their literal form? There are many instances where a character's interior monologue describes something as being wave-like. Does the novel structurally parallel waves?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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