The Waves Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two emotions seem to dominate Rhoda's Section 7 monologue?

2. In Section 8, who contends that the characters have "destroyed something by our presence"?

3. What one word is repeated throughout Susan's monologue in Section 6?

4. According to Section 7, what does Jinny resign herself to being in regards to the rest of her life?

5. Which of the characters appears most able to move on from the significant news in Section 5?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed essay that argues that Percival is either: 1) an intrinsic character to the novel, made only more important by the fact that he doesn't speak and dies at the novel's midpoint or 2) a kind of outlier or distraction, both for the characters in the text and the reader. In the course of this essay evaluate Percival's significance, his effect on each of the characters, and the role his death plays in shaping other character's lives.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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