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. Jane is speaking to whom when she states, "I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty."

2. With what booty does Jane retreat when the party arrives with Mr. Rochester?

3. What is the subject of Leah's and the charwoman's conversation that Jane overhears, and is dropped once they perceive her?

4. What does Adele tell Jane about the big horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard?

5. Regarding the prospect of leaving, Jane tells Mr. Rochester, "I see the necessity of departure; and it is like looking on the necessity of ______".

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who arrives to tell the guests' fortunes? How does Blanche respond to her fortune's being told?

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

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

8. What happens to Mr. Mason during his first night at Thornfield, and why is this significant?

9. What does Mrs. Reed tell Mr. Brocklehurst about Jane, and how is this significant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of governesses in the novel.

1) How are governesses treated in the novel?

2) How does Jane feel about her role as a governess?

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 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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