Northanger Abbey 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. What does Catherine do when she spots the Tilneys in the street?

2. Why does Mrs. Allen congratulate herself once in the tea-room?

3. Who does John Thorpe claim of Henry and Eleanor Tilney?

4. With but a few exceptions, what is John's opinion of novels?

5. How does Catherine describe her ideal man physically?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the result of Catherine's conversation with Eleanor in the pump-room?

2. What are Catherine's feelings as she climbs into the carriage for the trip to Bristol?

3. How is the character of Mrs. Allen described in Chapter 9?

4. What explanation is given for Catherine being turned away at the Tilney home?

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

6. How does Isabella already know of Catherine?

7. As Catherine is leaving Bath in John's carriage, what happens when she spots the Tilneys in the street?

8. What is strange about Isabella's behavior with the two men that show interest in the girls at the end of Chapter 6?

9. How does Henry support his suggestion that a country-dance is like a marriage?

10. What information does Mrs. Allen give Catherine about Henry's mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Austen uses comedy to poke fun at the misfortunes of the characters in "Northanger Abbey". Answer the following questions in an essay:

a) Is Austen's use of comedy effective?

b) What tone does Austen's humor cast on the story?

c) Does Austen's humor translate to the 21st Century?

Essay Topic 2

Research the Austen canon. According to literary critics, how does "Northanger Abbey" compare to Austen's other works in terms of writing style, tone and plot?

Essay Topic 3

The English class system of the early 19th Century is a prominent theme of "Northanger Abbey". The characters of the story must follow the social rules, and doing so often leads to obstacles, misunderstandings and separation. Discuss the effects that the social rules of the high class had on the central characters of the novel.

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