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. How old is Jane when the novel opens?

2. What does Mr. Rochester ask to see of Jane's during their first tea-time?

3. Who, according to Jane, in her final eight years at Lowood, "stood me in the stead of mother, governess, and, latterly, companion"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. On her deathbed, Mrs. Reed informs Jane of what, and why is this significant?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Jane tell the gypsy about her art, 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. How is Helen Burns treated by Miss Scatcherd, and how does she respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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