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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 does Rhoda offer to Percival in Section 5?
2. In Section 8, what happens between Rhoda and Louis?
3. In Section 7, where is Louis's new house?
4. In Section 8, when does Bernard arrive in relation to the other characters?
5. What time of day does the passage at the beginning of Section 5 describe?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Bernard travel to Rome in Section 7?
2. What do the characters do after they leave the restaurant in Section 8, and what happens then?
3. What in particular separates Section 7 from the prior two sections, and why is that significant?
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. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.
6. What is the significance of the way the birds are depicted in Section 7's introduction?
7. How does Bernard's role change in Section 8, and what evidence do you have to support that?
8. What is different about Susan in Section 7?
9. Which image becomes more dominant in Section 8's introductory vignette, and what do you think it signifies?
10. How does the structure of Section 5 parallel the development of the characters?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write a detailed essay that addresses the question of whether or not Bernard is the novel's central character. Provide ample textual evidence to support your claim.
Essay Topic 2
Why does Bernard revel in solitude at the end of the text? What does this say about him, and what does it say about the group as a whole? Do you think there is any evidence that Woolf is attempting to create a more subversive message, one that tarnishes the value of unified groups and instead expresses that the kind of unity the characters had as children was unattainable ever since Jinny kissed Louis? It would also be prudent to consider Rhoda's death for this question.
Essay Topic 3
Based on your familiarity and knowledge of the Modernist movement, how is this text the typical Modernist novel? What of its features are "Modernist?" What topics does it tackle that make it "Modernist?"
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