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A Room of One’s Own

Virginia Woolf

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1. How does the Beadle force the narrator back onto the public path at Oxbridge?

2. What is required for an unaccompanied woman to be admitted to the library at Oxbridge?

3. What is so remarkable about the cat that appears in Chapter 1?

4. In what year, according to Mary Seton, was Fernham created?

5. What does the domed ceiling of the British Library remind the narrator of?

6. Which gender has been more extensively researched, according to the catalogue of the British Library?

7. What caused the death of the narrator's aunt and benefactor?

8. What other important event happened at the same time that the narrator learned of her inheritance?

9. What name does the narrator give to Shakespeare's sister?

10. Which of the following writers were women?

11. Which of the following best describes Woolf's principle of "incandescence" in art?

12. Who, in the narrator's estimation, compares to Shakespeare in incandescence?

13. What two elements are in conflict in the novel, according to the narrator?

14. What two narrative elements of the novel did Mary Carmichael "break"?

15. What relationship do Chloe and Olivia have in Mary Carmichael's novel?

16. What, according to the narrator, should be the effect of education on the differences between men and women?

17. What must a Mary Carmichael disclose about men if she is to fulfill her office as a writer?

18. In the last chapter, what is the city of London's feeling to the current state of fiction?

19. When does the essay take place?

20. Which novelist, writing in her own day, does Woolf say is "wholly androgynous, if not perhaps a little too much of a woman"?

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