How Much Do You Know About Jane Austen?

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How Much Do You Know About Jane Austen?
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About This Quiz

She gave us "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice," and so much more! Jane Austen is one of the most beloved authors of all time, but how much do you know about her life and works? In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of all things Austen!
What is Austen's most famous novel?
Pride and Prejudice
Persuasion
Mansfield Park
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"Pride and Prejudice" is Austen's most famous novel. She published it in 1813.

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What year was Austen born?
1800
1775
1700
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Austen was born in 1775. She died in 1817, during the period known as Regency England.

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Where did Austen live her whole life?
In her family circle
Abroad
Various locations
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Austen lived her whole life in her family environment. She left briefly to go to school but returned in 1786.

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What was her first full-length novel?
Mansfield Park
Emma
Sense and Sensibility
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Austen's first full-length novel was "Sense and Sensibility." It was written in 1796 and published in 1811.

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What movie was about the life of Jane Austen?
I am Jane
Persuasion
Becoming Jane
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"Becoming Jane" was about the life of Jane Austen. It came out in 2007 and starred Anne Hathaway.

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What was the original title of "Pride and Prejudice"?
Nice to Meet You
Mr. Darcy
First Impressions
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"Pride and Prejudice" was originally called "First Impressions." She began work on it in 1796.

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What did the Prince Regent think of Jane's work?
He hated it
He loved it
He never read it
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The Regent loved Jane's work, but apparently she wasn't so fond of him. He asked her to dedicate a novel to him.

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How old was Austen when she died?
25
30
41
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Austen was 41 years old when she died. This was in the year 1817. She was buried at Winchester Cathedral.

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Jane's family was of what class?
Gentry class
Upper class
Royal
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Jane's family was in the gentry class. Although, when her father died, the family faced financial peril.

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Where did Jane go to school?
Eton
Oxford
Cambridge
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Jane was sent to Oxford to be schooled by Mrs. Ann Cawley. She also attended boarding school.

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Jane's father was in which profession?
A teacher
A lawyer
A gardner
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Jane's father was a teacher and a reverend. That's why he had such an extensive library for Jane to explore.

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When did Jane start writing poetry?
At 25
At 35
At 12
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Jane began writing poetry at the tender age of 12. It is believed that this is when she began writing stories, as well.

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What was not published until after Jane's death?
Pride and Prejudice
Emma
Northanger Abbey
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It was acquired by a publisher in 1803, but not published until after Jane's death. It's one of her least known stories.

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How many years passed before "Pride and Prejudice" was published?
2 years
5 years
16 years
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It took a whopping 16 years to get "Pride and Prejudice" published. It was her father that was the first to attempt it.

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Jane was born where?
Northern England
Wales
Southern England
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Jane was born in southern England, in a town known as Steventon. She would live in Bath later in life.

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How many novels did Jane write?
10
6
3
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Jane wrote six full-length novels in her life. Four of these were published before she died.

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Jane was considered to have what sort of personality?
Shy
Outgoing
Aggressive
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Jane was considered to be quite shy. She spent much time alone and this was when she did her writing.

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Jane's first love would go on to become what?
A King
Chief Justice of Ireland
A clergyman
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Jane's first love, Tom Lefroy, would become the Chief Justice of Ireland. He did not marry her because of her social standing.

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What was the name of the main character in "Pride and Prejudice"?
Emma
Elizabeth
Ruth
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Elizabeth Bennett was the name of the main character in "Pride and Prejudice." She's one of the most famous heroines in literature.

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Today, Austen is believed to have suffered from which illness?
Measles
Pneumonia
Addison's disease or lymphoma
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Addison's disease is a condition involving the adrenal glands. It can be debilitating and painful.

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How many offers of marriage did Jane receive?
5
3
1
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Jane only received one offer of marriage in her life. It was in 1802. Jane initially accepted, then declined.

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Which Jane Austen novel was turned into a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow?
Shakespeare in Love
Emma
Mansfield Park
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Gwyneth starred as Emma, that delightful heroine from Jane's novel. The movie was a commercial success, as was the novel itself.

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What was the movie "Clueless" based on?
Emma
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
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"Clueless" was based off the story of Emma. It starred Alicia Silverstone.

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Which of these Jane Austen-inspired movies opened in 2016?
Mansfield Park
Love and Friendship
The Jane Austen Book Club
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"Love and Friendship" opened in 2016. It was based on her epistolary novel "Lady Susan."

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How many siblings did Jane have?
10
7
3
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Jane had seven siblings. Most of them were brothers, but she was very close with her only sister, Cassandra.

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When was "Persuasion" published?
Right before Jane's death
After her death
When Jane was 35
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"Persuasion" was one of the two novels that was published after Jane's death. She died in July 1817; the book was published in December 1817.

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Jane is known for writing what?
Social commentary
Melodrama
Dark tales of betrayal
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Jane is known for writing social commentary, often with biting irony. She is also famous for writing realism.

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Jane's youthful writing is now referred to as what?
Nonsense
Juvenilia
Pre-success
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Jane's earlier writing is referred to as "Juvenilia." This was between the years of 1787 and 1793.

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When did Jane write "Love and Friendship"?
At age 39
At age 30
At age 14
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Jane actually wrote "Love and Friendship" at age 14. In it, she mocks the popular novels of sensibility.

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What was "Sense and Sensibility" first called?
Truth and Lies
Two Sisters
Elinor and Marianne
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It was first called "Elinor and Marianne." When "Sense and Sensibility" was first published, it was actually done so anonymously.

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Jane's plots highlight which important issue for women in her day?
A woman's need to marry
A woman's need to rebel
A woman's independence
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Many of Jane's plots center around a woman's need to marry. This was for wealth and social standing - and survival.

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What is considered the most uncomplicated of Austen's novels?
Persuasion
Pride and Prejudice
Emma
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"Persuasion" is the most adult and least complicated of Jane's love stories. Some also consider it to be the most beautiful.

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Fans of the movie "The Jane Austen Book Club" often ask what question?
What would Mr. Darcy do?
What would Jane do?
What am I reading these books for?
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What Would Jane Do, or WWJD, is a common question asked by book club members. It's important to ask oneself this.

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"It is a truth universally ______________ that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
Accepted
Agreed upon
Known
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"It is a truth universally accepted that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." This is one of the‚Äč most famous lines from "Pride and Prejudice."

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Where was Austen the most productive?
Chawton Cottage
Bath
Ireland
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At Chawton Cottage, Jane was incredibly productive. Four novels were published during her time there.

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