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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 oddly compares herself to a dog?
2. Where has the sun moved to at the beginning of Section 6?
3. What significant fact do we learn about Susan's life in Section 6?
4. What are the characters doing as their monologues progress in Section 8?
5. What does Bernard seem to be struggling to do during his final monologue of Section 8?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of the way the birds are depicted in Section 7's introduction?
2. Describe how Jinny appears in Section 6.
3. Why is it significant that Bernard is not the first speaker in Section 5?
4. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.
5. Why does Bernard travel to Rome in Section 7?
6. Characterize Neville's state of mind as he appears at the end of Section 6.
7. What is most notable about Section 5's opening description and why?
8. Why doesn't Percival's death have a strong effect on Bernard in Section 5?
9. What is different about Susan in Section 7?
10. What is significant about how Rhoda appears in Section 7?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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