Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reading Period 17: November 20-26: Pride and Prejudice


Read chapters 1-20 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You'll find the entire book here for download. 


Art Connection:

Create a family portrait of the Bennetts, including all five daughters and their parents. Give each person a thought bubble that reveals a bit about their character and says something essential about their personality or inner life.

History Connection:

Read this essay on the historical context of Pride and Prejudice and write 250 words explaining why understanding the concept of "landed gentry" is essential to understanding the situation in which the Bennett daughters find themselves at the beginning of the book. 

Writing Connection:

Here's looking at you, Jane.
Write a 250 word compare and contrast essay in which you define three problems with the way women were treated in Jane Austen's time and compare and contrast them with the way women are treated now. Choose to structure your essay either by discussing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd thing from the past and then, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd thing from today, or 1st thing from the past next to 1st thing today, 2nd thing from the past against 2nd thing today, 3rd thing from the past against 3rd thing today. Think about your structure in relation to whether you want to focus on comparisons (things that are the same) or contrasts (things that are different.) Your intro and conclusion shouldn't be very long, so you can focus on the "meat" in your short essay.


The quiz will have 20 questions on it, one for each short chapter of Pride & Prejudice that you are assigned. If you watch the movie instead of reading the actual book, you will not get a perfect score. If you watch the movie *in addition to* reading the actual book, no one's going to be mad at you for that. If I were you, I would read the book first though, because next week I'm assigning chapters 20-40, and if you watch the movie now, you're most likely not going to want to read those chapters next week. 

1.According to Mrs. Bennet, what is so great about Mr. Bingley?  
A. He has 4000 pounds a year.
B. He is principled and brave.
C. He is kind and generous.
D. He is honest and forthright.

2.How would you characterize the way Mr. Bennet talks to his wife?  
A. Pleasant
B. Informative
C. Sarcastic
D. Angry

3.With whom did Mr. Bingley dance TWICE?  
A. Elizabeth
B. Jane
C. Mary
D. Kitty

4.Who is characterized as being more intelligent, Mr. Bingley or Mr. Darcy?  
A. Neither -- they are both rather stupid.
B. Neither -- they are equally intelligent.
C. Mr. Bingley
D. Mr. Darcy

5.Why is Charlotte Lucas not offended by Mr. Darcy's pride?  
A. Because he has a right to be proud.
B. Because it's not directed at her.
C. Because she is also proud.
D. Because she believes he isn't really proud.

6.Finish the line, said by Charlotte Lucas: "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of ____________."  
A. Love
B. Money
C. Chance
D. Effort

7.Why can't the girls inherit their father's money and estate?  
A. Because women cannot inherit property in the 1800s.
B. Because their father is upset with their life choices.
C. Because their father has promised it to Mr. Collins.
D. Because it can only be inherited by a male.

8.What does Mr. Darcy think it should mean when a woman is called "accomplished"?  
A. She can net a purse, cover a screen, paint a table, and embroider a dress.
B. She has extensive knowledge of music, drawing, singing, dancing, and languages.
C. She has traveled widely and visited many other countries.
D. She has been running around with military officers too much.

9.What is Miss Bingley's behavior toward Elizabeth and Jane?  
A. Civil to their faces, mocking them privately.
B. Mocking them outright, but privately jealous.
C. Civil to their faces, respectful in private.
D. Outwardly and privately kind and loving.

10.What do people at Netherfield do for fun?  
A. Watch TV, play Playstation, read books.
B. Talk, play musical instruments and sing, walk around.
C. Read books, learn languages, debate politics, study philosophy.
D. Fencing, horseback riding, archery, and hunting.

11.Why does Miss Bingley remark on how much she likes to read and how much she wants a library?  
A. She genuinely enjoys reading and books.
B. She thinks it will endear her to Jane and Elizabeth.
C. To stand out in contrast to Elizabeth's love of music.
D. Because that's what Mr. Darcy does and what his house has.

12.Why does Darcy say so little to Elizabeth on her last day at Netherfield?  
A. He's worried he likes her, and doesn't want to encourage that.
B. He's bored with her, and can't wait for her to be gone.
C. He is monopolized by Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hearst.
D. He can't think of anything to say, because he's overcome with love.

13.What is Mr. Collins' job?  
A. He's a clergyman.
B. He's a banker.
C. He's a longshoreman.
D. He's a gentleman.

14.Who interrupts Mr. Collins' reading of the sermon?  
A. Jane
B. Eliza
C. Lydia
D. Mrs. Bennet

15.How does Mr. Collins intend to make amends to the girls for the unfairness of the entail and the fact that he will inherit their house?  
A. He's going to give them the house anyway.
B. He's going to marry one of them.
C. He's going to find them husbands.
D. He's going to introduce them to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

16.What is a "living"?  
A. A job in the clergy, appointed by the local nobility.
B. A job at a bank, appointed by the bank president.
C. An inheritance that allows a man not to work.
D. A ripe gym sock.

17.Why could the girls not go into Meryton in the days preceding the ball?  
A. Their parents wouldn't allow them to go.
B. Meryton was under quarantine.
C. The horses were sick.
D. Rain.

18.Who is Mrs. Bennet's least favorite daughter?  
A. Jane
B. Elizabeth
C. Mary
D. Catherine

19.What is the result of Mr. Collins' proposal?  
A. Elizabeth and Mr. Collins will be married.
B. Jane and Mr. Collins will be married.
C. Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins.
D. Jane rejects Mr. Collins.

20."Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied." This statement by Mrs. Bennet is an example of what?  
A. Figurative language.
B. Paradox.
C. Irony.
D. Synecdoche.

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