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 has the first monologue of this Section 6?

2. Who is holding Louis's hand in Section 8?

3. Where do we find the sun at the beginning of Section 7?

4. What kind of insect does Woolf describe in the elaborate simile at the beginning of Section 7?

5. What does Bernard seem to be struggling to do during his final monologue of Section 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is different about Susan in Section 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of a narrator in a typical novel? Is there are narrator in this text? Are each of the six characters a "narrator" because they "narrate?" How do you characterize the speaker that relates the introductory vignettes? Is Woolf the novel's narrator, or merely its architect? Explain what a narrator is, what kinds of narrators there are, whether there are any in this text, and if not, how that affects its reception by the reader.

Essay Topic 2

Write a detailed essay that addresses the question of whether or not Bernard is the novel's central character. Provide ample textual evidence to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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