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 two emotions seem to dominate Rhoda's Section 7 monologue?

2. In the beginning of Section 5, what state does Woolf describe the sun as being in?

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

4. By the end of Section 6, what can we say for sure about Neville's feelings towards Percival?

5. What does Rhoda offer to Percival in Section 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What in particular separates Section 7 from the prior two sections, and why is that significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed essay that argues that Percival is either: 1) an intrinsic character to the novel, made only more important by the fact that he doesn't speak and dies at the novel's midpoint or 2) a kind of outlier or distraction, both for the characters in the text and the reader. In the course of this essay evaluate Percival's significance, his effect on each of the characters, and the role his death plays in shaping other character's lives.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay which compares and contrasts any two of the sections' introductory vignettes. Pick one vignette which is typical of the whole novel, and one which is atypical (there are two in particular). What separates these vignettes? Include as many reasons as you can think of as to why Woolf would change her method at such a point in the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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