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Author - Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte Brontë was the eldest of the three famous Brontë sisters.

Author - Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë was born in 1816 in Yorkshire. She was the eldest of the three famous Brontë sisters – Charlotte, Emily and Anne. During their childhood the sisters, together with their brother Branwell, started writing about an imaginary world which they named Angria.

As an adult Charlotte worked as a governess and she taught her own sisters. Their education complete, the sisters attempted to found a school but the project failed. Charlotte then turned her mind to writing and Jane Eyre was published in 1847 under the pen name ‘Currer Bell’. It was the first of only four novels in her short career. Charlotte married in 1854 and, while pregnant, she contracted pneumonia and died in March 1855 at the age of 38.

How well do you know the life and works of Charlotte Brontë? Test yourself in this fun quiz!

1.
Which was the first novel Charlotte wrote, although it wan't published until after her death?
Jane Eyre
Shirley
Villette
The Professor
It's based on her experiences as a language student in Brussels
2.
In Jane Eyre, who runs the Lowood boarding school Jane attends?
Mr Brocklebank
Mr Brocklehurst
Mr Brocklesby
Mr Brockleton
Though Brocklehurst makes only two appearances in the book, he has a memorable impact on the other characters
3.
In the same novel, and also at Lowood, what is the name of Jane's friend who dies of consumption?
Harriet Burns
Hazel Burns
Helen Burns
Holly Burns
Helen is Jane’s pious devoutly religious best friend at Lowood Institute
4.
Charlotte' s novel Villette is set in which country?
Belgium
France
Ireland
Switzerland
In the story Lucy Snowe travels from England to teach at a girls' school
5.
Who played Rochester in the 1996 film version of Jane Eyre?
John Hurt
William Hurt
George C Scott
Donald Sutherland
The film leaves out much of the novel's plot
6.
In the novel Shirley, what is the title character's surname?
Keeldar
Keelman
Keelrow
Kilroy
When the book was written Shirley was a male name and would have been very unusual for a woman. Today the opposite is true
7.
Also in Shirley, what is the name of Shirley's family home?
Fieldhead
Fieldmoor
Fieldside
Fieldwood
Fieldhead is thought to be based on the Elizabethan manor house, Oakwell Hall, in the village of Birstall, West Yorkshire
8.
In Jane Eyre, what is the first name of Rochester's mad wife, whom he keeps locked in the attic?
Beatrice
Belle
Bertha
Bianca
Bertha is a Creole; Rochester married her fifteen years earlier
9.
In the novel Villette, who or what is Villette?
A city
A dog
A horse
A sailing ship
It's the capital of the fictitious country of Labassecour
10.
In Jane Eyre, Jane takes up a position at Rochester's home, Thornfield Hall, in what capacity?
Cook
Governess
Housekeeper
Maid
She's governess to Rochester's young ward, Adele

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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