Daughters and Rebels: An Autobiography Short Essay - Answer Key

Jessica Mitford
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What was the Society of Hons?

The Society of Hons was a group organized by Jessica and Unity -- they were the only members. The Society of the Hons fought against the Horrible Counter-Hons, a group that consisted of their brother, Tom.

2. What sort of education did the Mitford children receive?

The Mitford children were educated at home by their mother and by a succession of governesses. In their schooling, there were no tests and the children were not exposed to the modern theories or controversies of the day. They had variety in their education owing to the high turnover rate of governesses -- one of whom taught the children how to shoplift.

3. What were the institutions in which the Mitford family had an interest?

The Mitford family's interests centered on the Church, the Conservative Party and the House of Lords. Mrs . Mitford -- "Muv" -- was active in Conservative Party activities and frequently brought her daughters along. Mr. Mitford -- "Farve" -- was a member of the House of Lords who strongly believed in the principle of heredity.

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