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 is disappointed that Cassandra is doing what?

2. Jane hears that Tom is to marry a girl from where?

3. Jane is enjoying the beauty of Southampton despite what?

4. Jane prefers _________________ in terms of nursing her brother back to health.

5. Jane disdains Robert Southey's "Letters from England" as horribly ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is mentioned about one of Jane's novels?

3. How does Jane feel about Mr. Holder?

4. What does Jane say about the small ball she attends?

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

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

7. What does Jane say about her stay with Mrs. Knight?

8. What does Jane say about Miss Chamberlayne?

9. What does Jane say about Southampton?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jane often talks about illness and the health of those around her.

Part 1) Describe four times when she has discussed someone's health. Why does she discuss this in her letters?

Part 2) What do these discussions reveal about life in the 1800s? Why is Jane so preoccupied with everyone's health?

Part 3) Do you discuss your health or the health of others on a regular basis? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Jane enjoys reading.

Part 1) Describe five of the books she has read. What might these book have in common?

Part 2) Why does Jane mention books she has read? Why is this something important for her to tell others?

Part 3) What might these books reveal about her? What do the books you read reveal about you?

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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