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. In Section 7, how does the poem which Louis muses on begin?

3. In Section 8, when does Bernard arrive in relation to the other characters?

4. How does Jinny characterize her social life as it is in Section 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

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

3. Why does Bernard travel to Rome in Section 7?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

When Jinny kisses Louis, only Susan is privy to the event, and this event should have only affected these three characters. But the loss of innocence pervades the whole novel. Write an essay which examines the theme of the loss of innocence, beginning with an analysis of "The Kiss" and its effect on the group.

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