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. Who "gape[s] like a young bird, unsatisfied, for something that has escaped me" in Section 8?

2. Who does Bernard decide against comforting in Section 5?

3. Who is the next speaker in Section 7?

4. In Section 7, where is Louis's new house?

5. Generally, what word best describes the mood of Bernard at the end of section 8, as compared to the beginning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.

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

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

4. What are the characters doing at the beginning of Section 8, and why is that important?

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

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

7. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

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

9. Describe the way Louis is characterized in Section 7.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed essay which examines the many instances of foreshadowing in this novel. Of particular significance here is the way the characters appear in the first two sections to how they appear in the final sections. Consider comparing and contrasting the young and adult characters. Another good idea would be to look at Sections 4 and 8, the two most important sections which feature all of the characters in the same place and time. Pay particular attention to what emotions the characters have as children and how much these emotions carry over to their adult lives.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Two characters die in this text, Rhoda and Percival, and there are at least two births, to Susan and Bernard. Evaluate the significance of the death of these two characters.

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