The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Test | Final 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. When does Miss Brodie visit Mr. Lowther?

2. Which girl of the set did poorly on her exams and spent a lot of time home studying?

3. What did Eunice Gardiner end up being?

4. What does Sandy tell Monica it is impossible to do if loyalty is due to that person?

5. What does Miss Brodie want Rose to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sandy say to Mr. Lloyd about his paintings and what is his response?

2. For what special circumstance does Miss Brodie chose Sandy and why?

3. How does Sandy end up helping Miss Mackay get rid of Miss Brodie?

4. What types of subjects do the girls take in the school year 1932 – 1933?

5. What happens to Joyce Emily and why?

6. Why does the headmistress divide the set and how does what she does work out for her?

7. What ends Miss Brodie’s involvement with Mr. Lowther?

8. How does Mr. Lowther feel about his marriage and how does he feel about Miss Brodie?

9. What do Sandy Stranger and Jenny Gray say about sex in their first year of senior school?

10. What happens to the set in the school year 1932 – 1933?

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

Define plot and include the definitions of the most important elements of a plot. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not? Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Give a brief synopsis of any important sub-plots.

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