Friday, January 13, 2017

Reading Period 15: Jan 13-19: Pride and Prejudice

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Jan 16
Assignments: Wednesday, Jan 18
History: Friday, Jan 20


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, chapters 21-40. When you're all done with the book, you can watch the movie!

Creative Assignments: 

Make an illustrated map of the novel, including the Bennets', Netherfield, Pemberley, Rosings, the Gardiners' house in London, and the Collinses'. This might help if you want to make your map of Longbourne and the environs more accurate. 


Write a new scene for Pride and Prejudice that shows something the author decided to skip over. It could be from a different point of view, like Darcy's or Wickham's, or it could just be a bit of the action you want to illustrate.

Writing Assignments:

The key to dissecting a novel's meaning often lands right on the cover in a meaningful title. Use Pride and Prejudice to write an essay about how a novel's title can give clues to the theme. In a 400 word essay, discuss how the title relates to the novel. How does prejudice influence decisions the characters make? How does pride affect the way the characters view each other? Organize your essay with a succinct introduction that clearly states your main idea. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.


Literary characters often face seemingly insurmountable obstacles on their way to happiness and fulfillment. Use Pride and Prejudice to write an essay about characters' obstacles. In a 400 word essay, discuss the obstacles that Elizabeth and Darcy had to overcome in their relationship. You can touch on physical obstacles, like siblings, parents, etc. as well as abstractions like social class, first impressions, and rumors. Organize your essay with a succinct introduction that clearly states your main idea. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.

If you are prepping for the AP exam, you must choose one of the above. If you are not, you may choose this third option:

In a 250 word essay, discuss how the opening line of the book sets the stage for the whole novel, and how fortune and necessity drives the plot. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.


The quiz covers chapters 21-40 of the book, one question per chapter. So question #1 is from chapter 21, etc. Enjoy. 

1.Jane receives a letter from Netherfield. Who is it from and what does it say?
A. It's from Caroline Bingley and it says they are leaving for good.
B. It's from Caroline Bingley and it's an invitation to tea.
C. It's from Mr. Bingley and it says they are leaving for good.
D. It's from Mr. Bingley and it's an invitation to tea.

2.Why did Lady Lucas begin to calculate how many years longer Mr. Bennet was likely to live?
A. Because she hates him and wants to rid the neighborhood of his presence.
B. Because when he dies, her son-in-law to-be will inherit his money and house.
C. Because she wants her daughter to marry him before he dies.
D. Because she believes that when he dies, his daughters will inherit the money.

3.Why does Mrs. Lucas visit Longbourn more frequently than she did in the past?
A. To get advice on marrying off her daughter from Mrs. Bennet.
B. To make sure that Lizzy Bennet isn't sad and disappointed that she will not be marrying Mr. Collins.
C. To share and enjoy the happiness of her daughter in her upcoming marriage.
D. To humble Mrs. Bennet because Mrs. Lucas has a daughter safely married off and Mrs. Bennet doesn't.

4.Finish this quote from Elizabeth Bennet: "The more I see of the world, the more am I _____________."
A. Afraid of it.
B. In love with it.
C. Dissatisfied with it.
D. Satisfied with it.

5.What does Mrs. Gardiner suggest to help with Jane's disappointment over Mr. Bingley?
A. Jane should go back to London with them.
B. Jane should join a convent.
C. Jane should read improving books and work on her piano.
D. Jane should find a less rich and important man to love.

6.Whose opinion does Elizabeth Bennet trust when it comes to Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy's sister?
A. Mr. Darcy
B. Mr. Wickham
C. Miss Bingley
D. Mrs. Bennet

7.Why is Mrs. Gardiner concerned about Mr. Wickham's pursuit of Miss King?
A. He was only interested her after she inherited a fortune.
B. Miss King has a bad character and is known to be weak minded.
C. Mrs. Gardiner wanted Mr. Wickham to marry Elizabeth Bennet.
D. Mrs. Gardiner wants Mr. Wickham all for herself.

8.Why is Elizabeth pleased that Miss de Bourgh is sickly and small?
A. She wants Mr. and Mrs. Collins to have a sickly, unpleasant neighbor.
B. She doesn't like Lady Catherine de Bourgh very much.
C. She just prefers sickly, small people to healthy, big ones.
D. She likes the idea of Mr. Darcy having to marry this unattractive person.

9.Which statement is a logical conclusion after reading this line: "When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner, as proved that she was not used to have her judgement controverted."
A. Most people around Lady Catherine agree with her on everything.
B. Lady Catherine is lonely and unused to company.
C. Lady Catherine is cruel to her friends.
D. Most people around Lady Catherine are encouraged to debate her for fun.

10.Which gentlemen visit Elizabeth at Hunsford?
A. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley
B. Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam
C. Lord de Bourgh and Mr. Collins
D. Mr. Bingley and Mr. Gardiner

11.What is Elizabeth Bennet doing while she and Darcy are teasing each other?
A. Playing the piano.
B. Planting flowers.
C. Cleaning a pot.
D. Embroidering a footstool.

12.Who tells Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy might be in love with her?
A. Mr. Darcy
B. Mr. Collins
C. Charlotte Lucas Collins
D. Mr. Bingley

13.What does Elizabeth Bennet conclude from what Colonel Fitzwilliam tells her about Mr. Darcy?
A. Mr. Darcy will soon be proposing to Elizabeth Bennet.
B. Mr. Darcy prevented Mr. Bingley from proposing to Jane.
C. Mr. Darcy has sole guardianship of his sister Georgiana.
D. Mr. Darcy will never marry, because he is too proud.

14.Why does Elizabeth Bennet get angry at Mr. Darcy when he proposes to her in chapter 34?
A. He is only proposing to her because it's what's expected, but not because of true love.
B. Colonel Fitzwilliam led her to believe that he would be proposing to her instead of Mr. Darcy.
C. She is in love with someone else, and can't forget that other person.
D. He talks too much about how his love for her goes against his reason, his character, and his judgment.

15.In his letter, Mr. Darcy reveals that Mr. Wickham tried to elope with his sister. How old was she when this happened?
A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 15

16.When Elizabeth considers the insults that Mr. Darcy has delivered against her family and their behavior, what is her feeling?
A. She feels shame, because there is justice in his accusation.
B. She feels rage, because there is no justice in his accusation.
C. She has no idea what he is talking about, and is confused.
D. She doesn't recognize the incidents he is referring to at all.

17.Elizabeth, in thinking about Mr. Darcy's accusations, has to admit that certain members of her family are badly behaved. Who?
A. Her mother, Lydia, and Catherine.
B. Her mother, her father, and Jane.
C. Her mother, Lydia, and Mary.
D. Her mother, Catherine, and Mary.

18.Paraphrase the following: "To know that she had the power of revealing what would so exceedingly astonish Jane, and must, at the same time, so highly gratify whatever of her own vanity she had not yet been able to reason away, was such a temptation to openness as nothing could have conquered but the state of indecision in which she remained as to the extent of what she should communicate; and her fear, if she once entered on the subject, of being hurried into repeating something of Bingley which might only grieve her sister further."
A. She could never tell Jane about Mr. Bingley, because the news was so shaming to herself.
B. She couldn't wait to tell Jane everything about Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.
C. She couldn't tell Jane everything she wanted to, because it might hurt Jane.
D. She was ashamed to reveal Mr. Darcy's proposal, but eager to tell Jane why Mr. Bingley had forgotten about her.

19.What would Mary like to do, rather than going out to lunch with her sisters?
A. Eat at home.
B. Read a book.
C. Play tennis.
D. Ride a horse.

20.What does Elizabeth Bennet decide to do with her information about Mr. Wickham's true character?
A. Tell everyone immediately.
B. Tell only Mr. Wickham himself that she knows the truth.
C. Tell only the rest of her family.
D. Tell no one, because he's leaving soon anyway.

I'm not mad; you're mad. 

1813, the year Pride and Prejudice was published, was a great year for battles you didn't read about in The Story of Britain. Take 250 words and describe two of the following battles that took place elsewhere in the world: Battle of San Lorenzo, Battle of Rosillo Creek, the Siege of Fort Meigs, Battle of Stoney Creek, and the Fort Mims Massacre. No need to extensively research -- I just want you to get a sense of what was going on, so you can use Wikipedia and be done.


This documentary is a short review of the stuff we've just been over. If you'd like to spend two hours instead, the 1994 movie, The Madness of King George will give you a good idea of what the court was like, and shows Pitt and Fox and all the characters you'll recognize, and it's rated PG-13.

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