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. What does the gypsy tell Jane about Blanche's motive for marrying Mr. Rochester?

2. What does Jane first eat at Lowood that is disgusting, but is devoured out of hunger?

3. Who says to Helen, "Burns, you are standing on the side of your shoe; turn your toes out immediately," and "Burns, you poke your chin most unpleasantly; draw it in!"?

4. What does Mr. Rochester ask Jane to see that will suit Mrs. Rochester exactly?

5. How does Miss Temple respond to Jane's defense of her character in light of Mr. Brocklehurst's accusation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jane stay at Gateshead after Mrs. Reed passes, and why is this significant?

2. How does Jane respond to Mr. Rochester's inquiry about whether she finds him attractive, and why is this significant?

3. What does Jane do when she discovers smoke coming from Mr. Rochester's room, and what does this signify?

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

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

6. How is Helen Burns treated by Miss Scatcherd, and how does she respond?

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

8. What does the gypsy ask Jane, and why is this significant?

9. What does Jane's first dinner with Mr. Rochester at Thornfield foreshadow?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the autobiographical elements in "Jane Eyre."

1) Compare Jane Eyre with Charlotte Bronte.

2) What fictional events are modeled after real-life incidents?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of class in the novel.

1) How does class function in the novel?

2) How does Jane's class position shift throughout the novel?

3) What are the determining factors that make up a person's class position?

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