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. In Section 6, who does Susan deride towards the end of her monologue?

2. In Section 8, who says, "I have been torn apart"?

3. Whose Section 6 monologue features a musing on the passing of seasons?

4. What phrase does Susan use to describe her position in life as it is in Section 7?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is different about Susan in Section 7?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write a detailed essay that argues that Percival is either: 1) an intrinsic character to the novel, made only more important by the fact that he doesn't speak and dies at the novel's midpoint or 2) a kind of outlier or distraction, both for the characters in the text and the reader. In the course of this essay evaluate Percival's significance, his effect on each of the characters, and the role his death plays in shaping other character's lives.

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