Books Quiz - Author - Jane Austen (Questions)

Jane Austen was born in 1775 into a close-knit family with 8 children. She started writing as a teenager and her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, was published in 1811. Other works, including her favourite and probably most famous Pride and Prejudice. She died in 1817 when still young and more of her work was published after her death.

See how much you know about the life and works of one of our best loved authors, Jane Austen, in this quiz.

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1. Austen was born in 1775 at the rectory in Steventon, in which English county?
[ ] Dorset
[ ] Hampshire
[ ] Somerset
[ ] Wiltshire
2. In 1801 the Austen family moved to which city?
[ ] Bath
[ ] Bristol
[ ] Exeter
[ ] Plymouth
3. What is the surname of the five sisters in Pride and Prejudice?
[ ] Barratt
[ ] Bartram
[ ] Bennet
[ ] Burrell
4. In Austen's comic novel Emma, what is the title character's surname?
[ ] Woodbine
[ ] Woodhouse
[ ] Woodrow
[ ] Woodville
5. Which Austen novel features the character Sir Walter Elliot?
[ ] Mansfield Park
[ ] Northanger Abbey
[ ] Persuasion
[ ] Sense and Sensibility
6. Who is the heroine in Mansfield Park?
[ ] Fanny Boyce
[ ] Fanny Brice
[ ] Fanny Price
[ ] Fanny Rice
7. What is the title of the short novel Austen wrote in 1795 but never published?
[ ] Lady Samantha
[ ] Lady Sarah
[ ] Lady Sharon
[ ] Lady Susan
8. In Pride and Prejudice, what is Mr Darcy's first name?
[ ] Fitzherbert
[ ] Fitzpatrick
[ ] Fitzroy
[ ] Fitzwilliam
9. Also in Pride and Prejudice, what is the profession of Mr Wickham?
[ ] Army officer
[ ] Clergyman
[ ] Solicitor
[ ] Undertaker
10. In Northanger Abbey, the heroine, Catherine Morland, enjoys reading what type of novels?
[ ] Gothic
[ ] Romantic
[ ] Science fiction
[ ] Western

 

Books Quiz - Author - Jane Austen (Answers)
1. Austen was born in 1775 at the rectory in Steventon, in which English county?
[ ] Dorset
[x] Hampshire
[ ] Somerset
[ ] Wiltshire
Jane's father, George Austen, served as the rector of the Anglican parish at Steventon
2. In 1801 the Austen family moved to which city?
[x] Bath
[ ] Bristol
[ ] Exeter
[ ] Plymouth
The Jane Austen Centre is situated in Gay Street, Queen Square
3. What is the surname of the five sisters in Pride and Prejudice?
[ ] Barratt
[ ] Bartram
[x] Bennet
[ ] Burrell
The sisters are Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Catherine and Lydia
4. In Austen's comic novel Emma, what is the title character's surname?
[ ] Woodbine
[x] Woodhouse
[ ] Woodrow
[ ] Woodville
In the novel's first sentence, Emma is described as "handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition"
5. Which Austen novel features the character Sir Walter Elliot?
[ ] Mansfield Park
[ ] Northanger Abbey
[x] Persuasion
[ ] Sense and Sensibility
Persuasion was the last novel Austen managed to complete. She finished it in 1816 one year before she died
6. Who is the heroine in Mansfield Park?
[ ] Fanny Boyce
[ ] Fanny Brice
[x] Fanny Price
[ ] Fanny Rice
Fanny Brice was the character played by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl
7. What is the title of the short novel Austen wrote in 1795 but never published?
[ ] Lady Samantha
[ ] Lady Sarah
[ ] Lady Sharon
[x] Lady Susan
Lady Susan was not published until 1871 - 54 years after Austen's death and 76 years after it was written
8. In Pride and Prejudice, what is Mr Darcy's first name?
[ ] Fitzherbert
[ ] Fitzpatrick
[ ] Fitzroy
[x] Fitzwilliam
He is referred to as 'Mr Darcy' or just 'Darcy' throughout the novel. His first name is mentioned only twice - in chapters 25 and 35
9. Also in Pride and Prejudice, what is the profession of Mr Wickham?
[x] Army officer
[ ] Clergyman
[ ] Solicitor
[ ] Undertaker
The clergyman is Mr Collins
10. In Northanger Abbey, the heroine, Catherine Morland, enjoys reading what type of novels?
[x] Gothic
[ ] Romantic
[ ] Science fiction
[ ] Western
Catherine often frightens herself by mistaking the stories for reality