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 should the reader infer that Rhoda is thinking about at the end of her Section 7 monologue?

2. To what kind of historical figures does Louis compare himself in Section 6?

3. Who is most deeply affected by the significant news in Section 5?

4. In Section 5, Neville struggles to accomplish what simple act?

5. In Section 5, how does Bernard describe Percival's presence in the lives of the other characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Jinny appears in Section 6.

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

3. Characterize Neville's state of mind as he appears at the end of Section 6.

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

5. What do the characters do after they leave the restaurant in Section 8, and what happens then?

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

7. How is Section 6's opening description distinct, and what should the reader expect from the rest of the section?

8. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Jinny kisses Louis, only Susan is privy to the event, and this event should have only affected these three characters. But the loss of innocence pervades the whole novel. Write an essay which examines the theme of the loss of innocence, beginning with an analysis of "The Kiss" and its effect on the group.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the novel's two most troubled characters: Rhoda and Neville. Identify their weaknesses as individuals, and offer the sources of their peculiarities. This essay should include detailed descriptions and evaluations of each of these characters and even offer ideas as to how they function similarly and differently.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the novel's final image. It is an appropriate one? What is the significance of both the waves as they appear in these vignettes, and as a title? Are there other instances of waves appearing in this novel, rather than in their literal form? There are many instances where a character's interior monologue describes something as being wave-like. Does the novel structurally parallel waves?

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