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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

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

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.

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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