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

2. How does Mr. Bankes feel about Mrs. Ramsay as the talk at the dinner table?

3. Why does William Bankes see Mrs. Ramsay as child-like?

4. What kind of lives do Prue, Nancy, and Rose want to live?

5. What is Mr. Ramsay's reaction as he sees his wife sitting in sadness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What message does the sea give to Lily Briscoe as she lies down to sleep after returning to the summerhouse?

2. What does Mrs. Ramsay find odd about her husband as they walk arm in arm?

3. Although Mrs. Ramsay describes the summerhouse they are renting as shabby, what does she like about being there?

4. Why is Mr. Ramsay enraged, pacing back and forth on the terrace?

5. How does Lily describe the Ramsay's married life?

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

7. As Lily paints, she thinks of a time on the beach with Charles Tansley many years before. Mrs. Ramsay was sitting near them, writing letters, and watching. How does Lily believe Mrs. Ramsay affected the way she and Charles acted toward each other?

8. What does Paul vow to do after Minta loses her grandmother's brooch?

9. Lily Briscoe sees Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay watching Prue and Jasper playing with a ball. What does she think the Ramsays symbolize?

10. What is the description Mrs. Ramsay gives of Lily Briscoe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Compare and contrast the characters of Mrs. Ramsay and Lily Briscoe.

2) Summarize the impact each character has on one another.

3) How is each character realistic in her view toward life, considering the time period in which the story takes place?

4) How do their roles as women differ? Cite examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Part II begins during a storm with the lighthouse's glow touching parts of the abandoned house.

1) How does Woolf use images of darkness, violent storms, and the shabbiness of the house to convey the tone of this part of the novel?

2) How does the condition of the house and the weather compare to the lives of the Ramsay family during Part II of the novel?

3) Justify the answers with examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

1) Compare the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay. Which character gives more to their relationship? Explain.

2) How do their views differ on life, marriage, and children?

3) Which character is more realistic in his or her view of life? Explain.

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