The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 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 Miss Brodie say is a talent of Hugh’s?

2. What do the girls mean they say Miss Brodie has her prime?

3. What does Brodie say is the reason she teaches at Blaine?

4. How do the girls’ projects in sewing class get done?

5. Why have the girls of Brodie’s set stayed connected?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Sandy Stranger invite for tea on Sandy’s tenth birthday and what do they eat and discuss about happiness and about Miss Brodie?

2. What is the history lesson Miss Brodie gives the set that is told in the last part of the chapter?

3. For what is Miss Brodie known at her school, and what are a few things she has taught her set?

4. What happens when Miss Mackay approaches after Miss Brodie has told the history lesson and what does Miss Brodie say about it?

5. What does Sandy call the police officer and how does this officer enter into Sandy’s life?

6. What does Sandy realize about the school group and what does she think about as far as Mary Macgregor?

7. What do Sandy and her guest think about concerning Mr. Lloyd?

8. How does Miss Brodie view education?

9. What men become involved with Miss Brodie in some way in 1931?

10. What did Monica Douglas see Miss Brodie doing and what happens with Miss Brodie and Mr. Lowther?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some members of the faculty think Miss Brodie's style would fit a more progressive school, but Miss Brodie, who is in her "prime," is intent on remaining at Blaine, where she works as "a leaven in the lump."

What do you think Miss Brodie means by being a “leaven in the lump”? Do you think she is too progressive for Blaine academy? Why or why not? What do you think of a teacher who is determined to stay at a school which clearly does not want her? Use examples from your own life and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss what you think are the characteristics of a successful novel and why The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is or is not a successful novel based on your criteria. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the protagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Identify the antagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Which, if any, characters are not essential to the story? Explain.

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