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

2. In Section 5, who does Rhoda refer to as "a snob"?

3. What kind of insect does Woolf describe in the elaborate simile at the beginning of Section 7?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Elaborate on what Rhoda identifies as the problems the characters have faced in their lives in Section 8.

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

4. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

5. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.

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

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

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

9. How does the structure of Section 5 parallel the development of the characters?

10. Why doesn't Percival's death have a strong effect on Bernard in Section 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay which compares and contrasts any two of the sections' introductory vignettes. Pick one vignette which is typical of the whole novel, and one which is atypical (there are two in particular). What separates these vignettes? Include as many reasons as you can think of as to why Woolf would change her method at such a point in the text.

Essay Topic 3

In a detailed essay, outline the role Rhoda plays in the group. Is she a kind of tragic hero? What is the source or her paralysis and misanthropy? Fully describe this character using ample textual evidence.

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