Jane Austen's Letters Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Jane's aunt and uncle offer James an allowance of ___________ pounds a year, and James plans to keep two more horses.

2. Edward's name change is finalized, from Austen to Knight, that of his _____________ who adopted him and left him an inheritance.

3. Jane is grieved at whose death?

4. Mrs. Austen finds her deceased husband's _________________ and wants Frank to accept them.

5. Jane spends Tuesday in Bentinck Street with the Cookes, but she is unable to call on Miss Beckford because of what reason?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is said regarding Mr. Austen's death?

2. What gossip does Jane tell Cassandra?

3. Why do Edward and Frank leave, according to Jane? What does she wish for Cassandra?

4. Why does Jane offer her former admirers to Mary? How does this situation end differently than she had initially expected?

5. What does Jane think about the secret relationship between Frank and Martha Lloyd?

6. What does Jane receive from Cassandra? How do Jane and her father feel about this?

7. Why does Jane thank Cassandra in her next letter?

8. What is a play that Jane sees in this section?

9. What does Jane tell Cassandra about the ball with fifty people in attendance?

10. What health news does Jane give in her letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jane is very close to her sister Cassandra.

Part 1) Describe the correspondence between these sisters. How do you know they are very close?

Part 2) How does this relationship compare to Jane's relationships with other relatives and friends? Why are these relationships so important to Jane?

Part 3) To whom are you close? Why? How does this relationship affect your life? How does your communication with this loved one compare to Jane's communication with Cassandra?

Essay Topic 2

Jane's letters often have similar themes.

Part 1) What are three of these themes that are found in most of her letters. How are they themes?

Part 2) How can you relate to these themes? How might these themes also be found in her books?

Part 3) Are these themes important today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Jane travels a great deal.

Part 1) Describe the places she travels. How does she come by these opportunities to travel?

Part 2) What do these trips reveal about her family's social status? What do they also reveal about Jane?

Part 3) On what vacations and trips have you been? What did you think about traveling? How does this compare to Jane's experiences?

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