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. What one word is repeated throughout Susan's monologue in Section 6?

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

3. What is Susan doing when she begins her Section 7 monologue?

4. In Section 6, who does Susan deride towards the end of her monologue?

5. In Section 8, who oddly compares herself to a dog?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

3. Which image becomes more dominant in Section 8's introductory vignette, and what do you think it signifies?

4. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.

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

6. What is different about Susan in Section 7?

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

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

9. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

10. How is Section 6's opening description distinct, and what should the reader expect from the rest of the section?

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

Compare and contrast the novel's two most troubled characters: Rhoda and Neville. Identify their weaknesses as individuals, and offer the sources of their peculiarities. This essay should include detailed descriptions and evaluations of each of these characters and even offer ideas as to how they function similarly and differently.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the structure of this novel in the course of a detailed essay. Evaluate and identify the rising and falling action as well as the climax. Explain whether this text would have been executed more effectively if Woolf had chosen a different form rather than the constant intertwining of interior monologues.

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