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 phrase does Susan use to describe her position in life as it is in Section 7?

2. What do we learn from the end of Louis's major monologue in Section 6?

3. What is the first thing the reader learns in Section 5?

4. Where do we find the sun at the beginning of Section 7?

5. Which of the characters recognizes themselves as the group's strongest member in Section 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

4. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

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

6. What is significant about how Rhoda appears in Section 7?

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

8. What is different about Susan in Section 7?

9. What is most notable about Section 5's opening description and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast the novel's two most troubled characters: Rhoda and Neville. Identify their weaknesses as individuals, and offer the sources of their peculiarities. This essay should include detailed descriptions and evaluations of each of these characters and even offer ideas as to how they function similarly and differently.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the success or failure of Woolf's writing style in this novel. The use of intertwining monologues is clearly the most significant decision Woolf made when preparing to write this text, but it is now your turn to critique whether or not the style is effective. If the characters are always speaking, why doesn't Woolf compose a play? Why do some characters have their monologues featured, while other monologues are easy to glaze over while reading? Does Woolf succeed in creating a cohesive consciousness out of these six voices? If so, where do you find it at its most effective in the text, and if not, then what does Woolf succeed in creating with this stylistic method?

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