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. Which speaker follows Susan in Section 7?

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

3. For how long does Bernard stay where he travels in Section 7?

4. Which of the characters recognizes themselves as the group's strongest member in Section 5?

5. By the end of Section 6, what can we say for sure about Neville's feelings towards Percival?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is most notable about Section 5's opening description and why?

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

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

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

5. What is different about Susan in Section 7?

6. 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?

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

8. What is the significance of the way the birds are depicted in Section 7's introduction?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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