Friday, January 6, 2017

Reading Period 14: January 6-12: Pride and Prejudice

Due Dates: 
Quiz: Monday, Jan 9
Assignments: Wednesday, Jan 11
History: Friday, Jan 13

Long Read:

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

Creative Assignments:

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.


Write a letter to someone by hand. Take a picture of the letter you have written on actual paper with a pen or pencil on paper, and post it to the Google+ community. You can zoom out so we can't read your letter. Then mail the letter using a stamp and envelope and the postal service.

Writing Assignments:

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.


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.


Learn to play Whist. Here are the rules. You can try it online here, and we'll try it live in class.


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.


Watch the movie, "Miss Austen Regrets" which is about Jane Austen's life. It is available on YouTube starting with this clip, and it is also on Netflix. As you read the movie, answer the following questions:

1: When the clergyman tells Jane she is "very clever, I'm sure" do you think that is a compliment or an insult?
2. The maze and ribbon game is a symbol. For what?
3. Why does Jane's brother discourage her from "writing for money"?
4. "All I want is to be a girl and be pretty and be loved." How does it make you feel toward Fanny when she says this?
5. What do you think Jane means when she says her canvas is so small, two inches wide, on which she works with so small a brush?
6. What does it mean for Jane that she is "allowed" to dedicate her next book to the Prince Regent?
7. Jane's mother says she's "hardly like a woman at all" because she doesn't know "which end of a baby is up." Do you think that all women should be skilled with babies? You may feel like the correct answer is automatically "no" because you've been raised properly and understand that women should be seen as more than just child-care-givers. But examine your opinions as seriously as you can and think about your answer.
8. "How could I have written if we'd been married? All the effort of mothering." Do you think that Jane Austen would have said that women are correct to give up the pursuit of a job for their children?
9. True or false: Rich is just another word for safe.
10. Do you think Cassandra was right to try and burn Jane Austen's letters? 

Now that you've watched the movie, have read the Hanoverian section of the history book, and have read half of Pride and Prejudice, consider that Jane Austen's world exists within the world of George III. So much was going on in the outside world -- war, revolution, industrial progress, social shifts. But Jane Austen's work reflects a very limited scope -- country life, love, marriage, family. Compare this novel to A Tale of Two Cities, which does include all those important world events in its plot. Which do you feel is more important and why? Write an essay about this. It may take the form of a compare and contrast essay, or it may assume a shape more like "Why are some books important and others less so?" or wherever your mind takes you. We will be working on revising this one, so give it some thought.

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