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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. According to Jane, she tells Mr. Rochester a wanderer's repose and sinner's reformation do NOT depend on what?

2. According to Jane, what three things, when combined, make one mystery to which humanity has not yet found the key?

3. After Mrs. Reed's funeral, where does Eliza tell Jane she is taking up residence?

4. Why does Bessie's husband, Robert Leaven, come to Thornfield to see Jane?

5. As Mr. Lloyd questions Jane about her life at Gateshead, Jane's spirit is moved by what prospect which implies "an entire separation from Gateshead, an entrance into a new life?"

Short Essay Questions

1. When Jane and Rochester meet in the garden, why does Mr. Rochester tell her about a position in Ireland?

2. How do Bessie and Mr. Lloyd help Jane after she is punished in the Red Room, and why is this significant?

3. What appeared in a dream that Bessie once had that was a bad omen, and what does this foreshadow in the novel?

4. What is Jane's first impression of Thornfield in her new position as governess, and why is this significant?

5. Why is Jane forbidden to sit with Mrs. Reed and the children, and how is this significant?

6. What does Jane tell the gypsy about her art, and why is this significant?

7. When Jane first learns that Mr. Rochester may marry Blanche Ingram, why does she compare herself to her?

8. What are the girls fed when Jane first arrives at Lowood that no one can eat, and why is this significant?

9. What is Jane's impression of Mr. Rochester's and Blanche's relationship?

10. When Rochester returns with Blanche and a large party, how do they treat Jane, and why is this significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the function of marriage in the novel.

1) What values does the institution of marriage uphold and reinforce?

2) How is Jane's marriage to Mr. Rochester both a traditional and unconventional marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the conflict in "Jane Eyre."

1) What is the conflict between Jane and society?

2) What is the conflict between Jane and the other characters?

3) What is the conflict between Jane and herself?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Gateshead and Thornfield.

1) What are their similarities and differences?

2) How do these estates mirror Jane's development as a character?

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