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Author - Emily Brontë
The Brontë sisters as painted by their brother Branwell. Emily is in the middle.

Author - Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire in 1818. She was the second youngest of six children, two of whom, Charlotte and Anne, were also writers. She was educated for a time at the Clergy Daughters’ School but in 1825 she was educated at home by her father, her aunt, her elder sister Charlotte, and by tutors who visited from time to time.

At the age of 19 Emily became governess at Miss Patchett's Ladies Academy but returned home after a few months. Five years later Emily and Charlotte decided to open a school of their own. To this end the sisters went to Belgium to finish their education. On their return home they published, along with Anne, a book of poems under the pen names of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Emily’s novel Wuthering Heights was published in 1847 but tragedy soon followed. Her beloved brother, Branwell, died in September 1848 and Emily, heartbroken at the loss, died of tuberculosis less than three months later.

Find out how much you really know about Emily Bronte in this fun quiz!

1.
In Wuthering Heights, what is the surname of the heroine Catherine?
Bagshaw
Earnshaw
Grimshaw
Henshaw
In one scene in the novel Catherine declares her feelings for Heathcliff and Linton to Nelly Dean, the housekeeper of Wuthering Heights
2.
In which Yorkshire village is the Brontë Parsonage Museum?
Haworth
Helmsley
Holmfirth
Horton-in-Ribblesdale
The family moved into the house in April 1820
3.
What was the first name of Emily's father?
Patrick
Paul
Peter
Pierre
The Reverend Patrick Brontë was an Irish priest who lived most of his life in England
4.
Which pen name did Emily use in her writing?
Acton Bell
Currer Bell
Ellis Bell
Harriet Bell
Anne used Acton Bell; Charlotte used Currer Bell
5.
What was the Christian name of Emily's alcoholic elder brother, who died in 1848?
Barnwell
Bramwell
Branwell
Bridewell
In his youth Branwell was considered the most talented of the children
6.
Who played Heathcliff in the 1939 film version of Wuthering Heights?
Ronald Colman
Errol Flynn
Laurence Olivier
David Niven
Niven played Edgar Linton, who marries Catherine
7.
In 1838 Emily took a job as governess at Miss Patchett's Ladies Academy, near which Yorkshire town?
Halifax
Harrogate
Hawes
Huddersfield
The academy was a part of Law Hill School. The school no longer exists but the building is still there. It is now a private residence
8.
Together with her sister Charlotte, Emily attended private school in which city?
Brussels
Edinburgh
Paris
Stockholm
The school was the Pensionnat Heger
9.
Who played the title role in the 1997 TV musical Heathcliff?
Michael Ball
Aled Jones
Cliff Richard
Russell Watson
Thee musical was an attempt to fill in some of the gaps in Heathcliff's story
10.
Emily was born in the village of Thornton, near which Yorkshire city?
Bradford
Leeds
Sheffield
York
She was born at 74 Market Street in 1818

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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