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. Who "gape[s] like a young bird, unsatisfied, for something that has escaped me" in Section 8?

2. Who has the first monologue of this Section 6?

3. What is the effect of the sun's beams at the beginning of Section 5?

4. Who does Bernard decide against comforting in Section 5?

5. What does Rhoda offer to Percival in Section 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Section 6, we encounter the three character who were omitted from the previous section. Describe their places in life at this point.

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

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

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

6. How does Bernard's role change in Section 8, and what evidence do you have to support that?

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

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

9. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

10. What are the characters doing at the beginning of Section 8, and why is that important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of Woolf choosing the passage of a single day as a metaphor for the passage of a group of lives from childhood to old age and even death? What about the metaphor is apt, and what does not seem proper? Why does Woolf include such a vast variety of images that do not always play into the central meaning of the text? What is the importance of the italicization of these passages? Elaborate as much as you can.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the success or failure of Woolf's writing style in this novel. The use of intertwining monologues is clearly the most significant decision Woolf made when preparing to write this text, but it is now your turn to critique whether or not the style is effective. If the characters are always speaking, why doesn't Woolf compose a play? Why do some characters have their monologues featured, while other monologues are easy to glaze over while reading? Does Woolf succeed in creating a cohesive consciousness out of these six voices? If so, where do you find it at its most effective in the text, and if not, then what does Woolf succeed in creating with this stylistic method?

Essay Topic 3

Using ample textual evidence, agree or disagree with the statement that Woolf succeeds in authentically depicting the individual's quest for understanding of both self and the world around him or her. Develop an argument supported by the text.

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