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 has subscribed to whose library of novels and other literature?

2. Jane is disappointed that Cassandra is doing what?

3. Why is Godmersham uncomfortable?

4. Jane receives a copy of her "own darling child" from London, referring to the publication of what novel?

5. Jane attends a small ball with only thirty-one people. There are twenty dances, and Jane dances _______ of them.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jane's trip to Paragon.

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

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

4. On what does Jane update Cassandra?

5. What is offered to James? What will he do with some of this?

6. How are the plans coming for moving to Bath?

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

8. What match does Mrs. Knight promote? What does Jane think of this?

9. How does Jane feel about Mr. Holder?

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 attends many social gatherings.

Part 1) Describe these social gatherings. What is her opinion of the various gatherings? Why does she feel this way?

Part 2) How important are these social gatherings to Jane? Why? How have social gatherings changed over time? How are they the same?

Part 3) Describe your own social gatherings. Why do you attend them? Do you enjoy them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Jane's letters resemble her books.

Part 1) Describe Jane's letters. How might her books resemble her letters? Use the text to support your response.

Part 2) How might reading her letters affect the reader of her books? Why? How might reading her letters be beneficial?

Part 3) If you were to write a book, about what would it be? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Mr. Austen dies.

Part 1) What does Jane say about his death? How is the family affected by it? How does it change their lives?

Part 2) How are the deaths mentioned in these letters significant? What does it reveal about Jane and her life?

Part 3) How often do people today talk and think about death? How does this compare to Jane's period of time?

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