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. After Mrs. Reed's funeral, where does Eliza tell Jane she is taking up residence?

2. According to Jane, who bullies and punishes her "not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day, but continually?"

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. How old is Jane when the novel opens?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Jane confesses her feelings for Mr. Rochester, and how is this significant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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?

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