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. Who is Section 6's last speaker?

2. Who is the next speaker in Section 7?

3. To what kind of historical figures does Louis compare himself in Section 6?

4. For how long does Bernard stay where he travels in Section 7?

5. What significant fact do we learn about Louis's love-life in the course of his major Section 7 monologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Jinny appears in Section 6.

3. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

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

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

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

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

8. The first thing the reader learns in Section 5 is that Percival has died. How did he die, and who does it seem to have the strongest effect on?

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

10. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Evaluate the success or failure of Woolf's writing style in this novel. The use of intertwining monologues is clearly the most significant decision Woolf made when preparing to write this text, but it is now your turn to critique whether or not the style is effective. If the characters are always speaking, why doesn't Woolf compose a play? Why do some characters have their monologues featured, while other monologues are easy to glaze over while reading? Does Woolf succeed in creating a cohesive consciousness out of these six voices? If so, where do you find it at its most effective in the text, and if not, then what does Woolf succeed in creating with this stylistic method?

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