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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. With what event in Bernard's life does the major news in Section 5 coincide?
2. At one point in Section 6, Jinny says she is being "flung up, and flung down, like . . ." what?
3. In Section 8, what happens between Rhoda and Louis?
4. In Section 5, who does Rhoda refer to as "a snob"?
5. What phrase does Susan use to describe her position in life as it is in Section 7?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do the characters do after they leave the restaurant in Section 8, and what happens then?
2. How does the structure of Section 5 parallel the development of the characters?
3. Describe how Susan appears in Section 6.
4. What are the characters doing at the beginning of Section 8, and why is that important?
5. What is most notable about Section 5's opening description and why?
6. Why is it significant that Bernard is not the first speaker in Section 5?
7. Which image becomes more dominant in Section 8's introductory vignette, and what do you think it signifies?
8. Why doesn't Percival's death have a strong effect on Bernard in Section 5?
9. Elaborate on what Rhoda identifies as the problems the characters have faced in their lives in Section 8.
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How is Woolf able to create a coherent text that features a plot that can be summed up in the course of a few sentences (which you should offer in the course of your essay)? What are her greatest successes and greatest failures? Keep in mind that this was Virgina Woolf's last fully completed novel published before her suicide, and is often regarded as her masterpiece (although many of her works are generally considered masterpieces in their own right). Do you agree with the historical appraisal of this novel? It is okay to not like, or even hate this novel, a text that engages in such high levels of experimentation is likely to be divisive. In regard to how you feel towards the novel in particular, try and fathom whatever the opposite opinion could be. That is, if you find the novel successful, talk about how you can see that others may find it tedious and difficult.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of Louis and Bernard, who seem to constantly sway between admiration and jealousy toward each other. Why do they pursue such separate life paths? What leads them to their major decisions? How do they find themselves at the novel's conclusion? What makes them arguably the two most similar characters in the text?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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