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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 Mr. Rochester tell Jane about Adele's mother?

2. What is Mr. Brocklehurst's complaint about Julia Severn's hair?

3. When Mr. Rochester greets Jane upon her return from Thornfield and asks if she can make him handsome, she tells him that _______has power beyond beauty.

4. Who holds down Jane's arms and threatens to tie her down in the red-room?

5. What does Mr. Rochester ask Jane to fetch for Mr. Mason from the drawer in his room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What premonition does Jane have about St. John, and how is this significant?

2. Why is Rochester's and Jane's marriage stopped, and what does it mean?

3. What are St. John's feelings for Rosamond Oliver, and how is it significant?

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

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

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

7. How does Jane's fortune change dramatically after her true identity is revealed?

8. Why does St. John treat Jane with icy reserve, and what does it reveal about his character?

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

10. What does Jane's refusal to be Mr. Rochester's mistress signify?

Essay 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 passion as a major theme in the novel.

1) Identify how the various types of passion (i.e., sexual, spiritual, and emotional,) work in the novel.

2) What kind of passion is privileged by Jane? Mr. Rochester? St. John? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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