Jane Eyre 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. According to Jane, why are the girls predisposed to becoming ill so that forty-five out of eighty are afflicted?

2. Whom does Blanche treat with coldness and acrimony?

3. How does Jane first encounter Mr. Rochester?

4. Whom is Mrs. Fairfax describing to Jane that is "Tall, fine bust, sloping shoulder; long graceful neck; olive complexion, dark and clear; noble features"?

5. After the disease abates at Lowood, what discovery is made that is mortifying to Mr. Brocklehurst?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the aftermath of Mr. Brocklehurst's accusation regarding Jane?

3. Why does Mr. Rochester insist Jane join the party each evening in the drawing room?

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

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

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

7. How is Mr. Rochester's response to Jane's homecoming from Gateshead revealing?

8. From what do the girls at Lowood suffer when Spring arrives, and how is this significant?

9. What are the conditions like at Lowood, and what does it signify about the educational system?

10. On her deathbed, Mrs. Reed informs Jane of what, and why is this significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of insanity in the novel.

1) What is the connection between insanity and criminality in "Jane Eyre?"

2) What are the boundaries that separate "normal" from "insane" behavior?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting in "Jane Eyre."

1) What is the significance of the setting to the plot?

2) What is the connection between the physical and psychological landscapes in the novel?

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