Northanger Abbey Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Catherine's family.

Catherine is one of ten children. Her father is a respected clergyman and her mother is a woman with good sense and a good constitution. The family is somewhat plain.

2. Describe Catherine at the age of seventeen.

Catherine has grown into herself, and her parents now consider her to be pretty (as opposed to plain, which she had been for most of her life). Also, compared to when she was younger, Catherine enjoys reading much more.

3. Why is Catherine invited to Bath with the Allens?

The Allens invite Catherine along because Mrs. Allen is fond of Catherine and feels that if "adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad."

4. What does the narrator tell the reader about Catherine's character at the start of Chapter 2?

The reader is told that Catherine has an affectionate heart, a cheerful and open disposition, and good looks. The narrator also points out that Catherine's mind is about "as ignorant and uninformed as the female mind at seventeen usually is".

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