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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 grade are the girls in at the beginning of Chapter 1?

2. How are the give girls distinguished from each other?

3. What do Sandy Stranger and her friend review while having tea?

4. What type of studies are the Brodie set doing at the beginning of the novel?

5. What does Mary Macgregor do right after World War II breaks out?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. How does Mary Macgregor die and what event is shown at the same time her death is shown?

5. Where does Miss Brodie take her students for a walk in 1931 and what does Miss Brodie seem to not notice?

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

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

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

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

10. Who are the girls at the beginning of Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie? Why or why not. Use examples from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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