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. Why are Jane and other girls forced to part with their portion of food at Lowood during the cold winter months?

2. Why is Jane taken and locked in the red-room?

3. Mr. Rochester compares Jane to what as she tries to free from his embrace?

4. During what month does Jane return to see Mrs. Reed at Gateshead?

5. Who is Adele's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Helen Burns, and why is this significant?

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

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

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

7. How does Jane first meet Mr. Rochester, and why is this significant?

8. What does Mr. Rochester demand of Jane and Mr. Mason when they are left alone together, and what does it signify?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of friendship in "Jane Eyre."

1) Compare and contrast Helen Burns with Mary and Diane Rivers as Jane's confidants.

2) What qualities does Jane seek in her friendships with women?

3) What qualities does Jane seek in her friendships with men?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of house servants in the Victorian household.

1) What is the relationship between house servants and the proprietors?

2) What is the relationship between house servants and the dependents?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss reader reception at the time of publication. How was "Jane Eyre" received by critics and the general public?

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