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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. How does Mrs. Ramsay quiet the children down, so they can sleep?

2. How does Mrs. Ramsay clean her mind from all the odds of the day after dinner is over?

3. What is it that Mr. Ramsay wants Mrs. Ramsay to say to him, but she is unable to?

4. Which of her children does Mrs. Ramsay want to stay young?

5. What makes Mr. Ramsay a happy man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are James' and Cam's emotions as they sail to the Lighthouse with their father?

2. How does Mrs. McNabb manage to get the house in order after she receives word that the Ramsay's are coming for the summer?

3. Mrs. Ramsay tucks James into bed and he asks about going to the Lighthouse. What is Mrs. Ramsay's response and what is she thinking as she answers James?

4. Why doesn't Mrs. Ramsay allow her daughters to mock the atheist, Mr. Tansley?

5. What does Mr. Ramsay want his wife to say to him when he finishes reading and she finishes her knitting? How does she react to what he wants?

6. Why is Lily surprised by the tears streaming down her face as she reminisces while painting?

7. How does Lily Briscoe interpret William Bankes' feelings for Mrs. Ramsay?

8. What are the two events that are finished in the final chapter of the book?

9. What does James remember while he sits in the stillness of the boat on the way to the Lighthouse?

10. Why does James consider taking a knife and stabbing his father through the heart?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Lighthouse is one of the main constants throughout the novel. It is mentioned in all three parts of the story.

1) Explain the three different images Woolf gives of the lighthouse as the book progresses.

2) What is the significance of the lighthouse in each part of the novel?

3) What meaning does the lighthouse have for Mrs. Ramsay, James, Lily Briscoe, and Mr. Ramsay?

Essay Topic 2

1) What is the message Woolf is trying to convey about life in the novel?

2) Does she depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through the Ramsay family and friends?

3) Are the human qualities of each character true to life? Explain.

4) How do the characters convey the everyday struggles of life?

Essay Topic 3

1) Mrs. Ramsay feels James will always remember the disappointment of not going to the lighthouse.

2) When does James remember that day?

3) Where is he when he remembers and what is is he doing?

4) What kind of an emotional impact does the memory have on him?

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