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 do when she needs art books?

2. Who are on bikes at the beginning of Chapter 1?

3. How many girls are in the Brodie set?

4. What does Spark say is the only way Miss Brodie can be removed from her position?

5. For what is Miss Jean Brodie most known?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Jenny in 1931 and why does she talk to a police officer?

2. How is Miss Brodie’s set viewed by others around them?

3. Why does Miss Brodie invite the girls to dinner in Chapter 1, how does the staff at the school feel about Miss Brodie, and why does she stay at Blaine?

4. With whom does Miss Brodie have an appointment and why is she not concerned about that appointment?

5. Who are talking to the girls at the beginning of Chapter 1 and how can the girls be distinguished?

6. What does Eunice tell her husband about Miss Brodie?

7. Who notices changes in Rose and what do they think about those changes?

8. Who is in Miss Brodie’s set and for what is each of them known?

9. What does Mary Macgregor do right after World War II starts and how does she get along with her boyfriend? Do any patterns from your youth still occur?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think most people want a happy ending in a novel? Do you think The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie would qualify as a novel with a happy ending? Why or why not? What do you think are three reasons to read fiction and do you think The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie fulfills these three reasons? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

Fully explain why you think The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? What do you think would be another interesting title for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and why do you think that? How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

Trace and analyze the theme of social and economic classes in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Consider the following questions as you write: Examine which characters are most concerned with class and about what their concern is centered. What are some symbols of class, both wealthy and poor and of the effects of class on individuals? Discuss the characters who see themselves as being in a class above the average person and why they think they are.

Trace and analyze the theme of betrayal in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters have betrayed and which have been betrayed. Consider not just the betrayal of Miss Brodie but the betrayal of the school and betrayals of marriage vows.

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