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Pride and Prejudice - Understanding the Text
Many episodes in Pride and Prejudice are related by letter.

Pride and Prejudice - Understanding the Text

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This senior high school English Literature quiz sees how good you are at understanding the text in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Before you begin to analyze and to write about a text, you need to be sure you understand it as well as possible. It sounds a simple idea, but understanding a text is more difficult than it would seem. After all, if authors had a simple message to convey, would they need hundreds of pages and thousands of words to get that message across?

1.
How is Elizabeth's marriage a support for her family?
She is able to prevent Mr Collins from inheriting their home
She is able to improve her mother's character
She sets a good example for Lydia to follow
She is able to exert a positive influence over Kitty from a safe distance
Kitty is able to escape the influence of her mother and of Lydia during her regular extended visits to the homes of Jane and Elizabeth
2.
Why does Mr Collins visit Longbourn?
He hopes to impress Mr Darcy
He hopes to help Mr Bennet to challenge the legality of the entailment
He plans to marry one of his cousins
He plans to move to the neighborhood to look after one of the churches
Mr Collins plans to compensate for the unfairness of the entail by marrying one of his cousins. He originally chooses Jane, but swiftly moves on to Elizabeth after hearing Mrs Bennet's plans for Jane
3.
Many episodes in the novel are related by letter. Which of the following is NOT conveyed by letter?
Lady Catherine's threat that society will despise and exclude Elizabeth if she were to marry Mr Darcy
Mr Wickham's involvement with Georgiana Darcy
Mr Darcy's payments for Mr Wickham's Brighton debts
Lydia's elopement with Mr Wickham
During Lydia's time in London, the family wait desperately for letters to bring them news
4.
What are Wickham's accusations against Mr Darcy?
That Mr Darcy prevented him from marrying his sister
That Mr Darcy has cheated him out of the "living" his godfather meant him to have
That Mr Darcy forced him to become a common soldier
That Mr Darcy had encouraged him to get married at too young an age
Mr Wickham enlists Elizabeth's sympathy, telling her that he should have become a clergyman and that he had been cheated by Mr Darcy of the church he had been promised
5.
For what reason is the future of the Bennet sisters insecure?
They will not inherit Longbourn after their father's death
They are not accustomed to supporting themselves financially
They are unmarried and have no brother to support them if their father were to die
All of the above
Their father's estate is "entailed", meaning that it must pass to the nearest male relative after his death. This leaves the five sisters and their mother in danger of homelessness if he were to die
6.
Why is Mrs Bennet excited to hear that someone is renting Netherfield Park?
She hopes that the new tenant will marry one of her daughters
She owns Netherfield Park and will be glad to have an income once again
She had been concerned that it would be rented out to soldiers
She had been worried that Mr Bennet would decide to rent Netherfield despite not being in a position to afford it
The narrator tells us that "the business of her life was to get her daughters married". Mr Bingley is wealthy and single. His arrival in the neighborhood is an exciting event for Mrs Bennet
7.
Who or what comes between Mr Bingley and Jane Bennet?
He is put off by the behavior of her family
Jane persuades him that she is not interested
The influence of Miss Bingley
The influence of Mr Darcy
Mr Darcy tells Elizabeth that he did everything possible to separate the pair
8.
What is Mr Darcy's objection to Elizabeth?
Her family's "inferiority"
Her lack of education
The behavior of Mr Collins
Her sharp nature
Mr Darcy tells Elizabeth that he loves her despite his disgust at the thought of being allied to her family
9.
What do Mr Gardiner and Mr Bennet hope to achieve by going to London?
To find and disown Lydia
To bring Lydia back to Longbourn
To find Lydia and persuade Mr Wickham to marry her
To have Mr Wickham arrested
Mrs Bennet expects her husband to fight Mr Wickham in order to make him marry Lydia
10.
What does Mrs Bennet hope will occur when she sends Jane on horseback to Netherfield Park?
She hopes the exercise will improve Jane's health
She hopes Jane will be able to return home more quickly
She hopes that Jane will be delayed from returning home by rain
She hopes that Mr Bingley will invite Jane to go riding
Mrs Bennet wishes Jane to be able to stay the night at Netherfield Park, giving her greater opportunity to spend time with Mr Bingley. She is shamelessly transparent in her scheming
Author:  Sheri Smith

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