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. According to Jane, what hour in the evening has provided "the ruddy gloaming, the licensed uproar, the confusion of many voices gave one a welcome sense of liberty?"

2. Whom does Jane see riding along with Mr. Rochester on the night of the party's arrival, as well as the next morning?

3. While on her deathbed, what does Mrs. Reed ask Jane to fetch from her dressing-case?

4. What is inscribed on Helen's grave besides her name?

5. What is the weather like as the novel opens?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Helen Burns treated by Miss Scatcherd, and how does she respond?

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

8. When Jane and Rochester meet in the garden, why does Mr. Rochester tell her about a position in Ireland?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of gender in "Jane Eyre."

1) What role does gender play in the choices Jane has?

2) How does Jane conform to and/or resist her gendered role in the novel?

3) How does Mr. Rochester conform to and/or resist his gendered role in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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