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 are the two dominant images of Section 8's introduction?

2. What is the best way to characterize the tone of Bernard's first Section 8 monologue?

3. What separates Neville's monologue from the others in Section 6?

4. What time of day does the passage at the beginning of Section 5 describe?

5. What about her life is Jinny bemoaning when she begins her monologue in Section 7?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Describe how Jinny appears in Section 6.

10. What is different about Susan in Section 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?"

Essay Topic 2

How is Woolf able to create a coherent text that features a plot that can be summed up in the course of a few sentences (which you should offer in the course of your essay)? What are her greatest successes and greatest failures? Keep in mind that this was Virgina Woolf's last fully completed novel published before her suicide, and is often regarded as her masterpiece (although many of her works are generally considered masterpieces in their own right). Do you agree with the historical appraisal of this novel? It is okay to not like, or even hate this novel, a text that engages in such high levels of experimentation is likely to be divisive. In regard to how you feel towards the novel in particular, try and fathom whatever the opposite opinion could be. That is, if you find the novel successful, talk about how you can see that others may find it tedious and difficult.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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