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 significant fact do we learn about Susan's life in Section 6?

2. In Section 8, what happens between Rhoda and Louis?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Why is it significant that Bernard is not the first speaker in Section 5?

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

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

8. Describe how Jinny appears in Section 6.

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

10. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that details the significance of setting in this novel. We are exposed to both the country and the city, the classroom and the church, and spend a fair amount of time in cafés and restaurants. The setting in the introductory vignettes are also of particular significance. Examine the discrepancies in descriptions of settings between the monologues and the vignettes, and evaluate who, if any, of the characters have a particular fascination with setting.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

For a novel that features characters who think so much about self-determination and identity, what does Woolf ultimately say about the quest for self-knowledge? Develop an argument that includes plenty of textual evidence to support your belief.

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