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. When Neville hears the significant news in Section 5, to what does he compare it?

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

3. Which speaker follows Susan in Section 7?

4. Who do Bernard and Rhoda assert Percival was in love with?

5. How does Jinny characterize her social life as it is in Section 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe how Louis appears in Section 6.

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

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

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

Two characters die in this text, Rhoda and Percival, and there are at least two births, to Susan and Bernard. Evaluate the significance of the death of these two characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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