'Jane Eyre' vs. 'Wuthering Heights' Quiz

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It's Bronte vs. Bronte in a battle of the gothic novels. Take our quiz to see how much you know about two of the most beloved books ever written.

True or false: Charlotte Bronte wrote "Jane Eyre."

Charlotte wrote "Jane Eyre," while younger sister Emily penned "Wuthering Heights."

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Which of these two classics was published first?

"Jane Eyre" was published in October 1847, while "Wuthering Heights" came out a few months later in December 1847.

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Which book was the first to be made into a movie?

"Wuthering Heights" was the first to get the Hollywood treatment in a 1939 film. "Jane Eyre" didn't hit the big screen until 1943.

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What pen name did Charlotte Bronte use when writing "Jane Eyre"?

Charlotte wrote "Jane Eyre" under the name Currer Bell, while Emily became Ellis Bell when writing "Wuthering Heights."

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True or false: "Wuthering Heights" was Emily Bronte's only novel.

While Emily Bronte fans will have to be content with rereading "Wuthering Heights," Charlotte Bronte fans can turn to her other novels after finishing "Jane Eyre."

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Which of these novels featured the grand Thornfield manor?

In "Jane Eyre," Jane takes a job as a governess at Thornfield.

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Which of these novels utilizes a "mad woman in the attic"?

In "Jane Eyre," Mr. Rochester hides his mentally ill wife in the attic, where she eventually escapes and burns down the house.

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Which novel is set at Thrushcross Grange?

"Wuthering Heights" takes place at two grand estates, including Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights.

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Which novel features Lowood school?

"jane Eyre" is partially set at Lowood school, which was based on a real-life school that Charlotte attended with her sisters. The school was so bad that the two oldest Bronte sisters died after returning home.

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True or false: The male leads in both novels eventually go blind.

While Rochester in "Jane Eyre" goes partially blind, Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights" never loses his sight.

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What was the name of the helpful nursemaid in "Wuthering Heights"?

Nelly Dean is the nursemaid at Wuthering Heights, while Bessie and Mrs. Fairfax are two servants featured in "Jane Eyre."

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True or false: In both novels, the star-crossed lovers never marry.

While Heathcliff and Catherine never get together in "Wuthering Heights," the reader learns at the end of "Jane Eyre" that Jane and Rochester have been married for 10 years.

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Which novel features a narrator named Lockwood?

Lockwood's narration in "Wuthering Heights" frames that of nursemaid Nelly.

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True or false: Both novels are set in northern England.

"Wuthering Heights" is clearly set in the moors of Yorkshire, England, and "Jane Eyre" takes place throughout the surrounding area and other parts of northern England.

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Which novel tells the tale of the Earnshaw and Linton families?

The epic tale of the Earnshaws and Lintons over several generations forms the basis of "Wuthering Heights."

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Which character from "Wuthering Heights" is described as a dark-skinned gypsy in the novel?

Mr. Earnshaw found Heathcliff alone and orphaned as a boy and describes him as a dark-skinned gypsy.

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Which novel gives us the quote "women feel just as men feel"?

In "Jane Eyre," Jane remarks, "Women are supposed to be very calm, generally, but women feel just as men feel." Bold words for the early 19th century.

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Which character remarks "I am glad you are no relation of mine!"

This quote comes from Jane and is directed to the strict and cruel Mrs. Reed.

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Who said, "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same"?

This quote comes from Catherine in "Wuthering Heights" as she describes childhood friend Heathcliff.

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Which book had a movie adaptation starring Orson Welles?

Welles played the brooding Mr. Rochester in the 1943 movie version of "Jane Eyre."

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Which actor played Heathcliff in the 1939 movie version of "Wuthering Heights"?

Laurence Olivier played Heathcliff opposite Merle Oberon as Catherine in this classic film version of the novel.

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Which novel features the quote "proud people breed sorrow for themselves"?

This line comes from Nelly in "Wuthering Heights" as she explains to Heathcliff that pride could be the source of his discontent.

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Who said, "I had not intended to love him. He made me love him without looking at me"?

This line comes from Jane, who's referring to her boss Mr. Rochester.

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Who does Heathcliff vow revenge against in "Wuthering Heights"?

Heathcliff vows, "I'm trying to settle how I should pay Hindley back. I don't care how long I wait."

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Which novel got a huge boost thanks to an association with "Twilight"?

Sales of "Wuthering Heights" quadrupled after publishers slapped a label on it declaring the novel "Bella and Edward's favorite book."

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Which character said, "Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs"?

This quote comes from Jane, of course, and seems to be the last thing either Heathcliff or Catherine would say.

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Which novel features Helen Burns, who was inspired by real-life Bronte sister Maria?

Helen Burns dies due to poor treatment at Lowood in "Jane Eyre." She was inspired by eldest Bronte sister Maria, who died due to harsh conditions at school.

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Who said, "If all else perished and he remained, I should continue to be"?

This quote comes from Catherine, referring to her beloved Heathcliff.

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Which book had more success when it was released?

While "Jane Eyre" was a best-seller, "Wuthering Heights" was ahead of its time, leading one critic to call it "a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors."

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True or false: Emily Bronte actually paid to have "Wuthering Heights" published.

Emily and her sister Anne paid 50 pounds to publish "Wuthering Heights" along with Anne's novel "Agnes Grey." Charlotte pocketed a cool 500 pounds from a publisher for "Jane Eyre."

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