Questions for Pride and Prejudice
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RL.1 Summarize the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennett. Support your summary with evidence.
RL.1 What does the fact that Mr. Bennett has already visited Bingley suggest about his feelings towards Mrs. Bennett and her concerns?
RL.3 What impression do you get of Mr. Bennett's character from the passage above? Support your answer with evidence.
RL.2 In what way might the rules of social behavior highlighted in this chapter seem strange to a modern Western reader?
RL.9 What might be the modern equivalents of Mrs. Bennett's network of gossiping acquaintances?
RL.1 Why does the company's opinion of Darcy's appearance change?
RL.3 What does the fact that Elizabeth is able to joke about Darcy's unkind comment suggest about her character?
RL.3 Compare and contrast Mrs. Bennett's and Mr. Darcy's attitude to guests at the ball.
RL.1 Summarize your impression of Darcy in this chapter. Support your summary with evidence.
RL.7 Watch the clip of Darcy's behavior at the ball; how does it compare with the way this incident is portrayed in the text?
RL.1 How is Lizzie's attitude different to Jane's? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.1 How does Jane Austen's description of Darcy in this chapter suggest that he may have some positive qualities?
RL.3 How does Jane Austen illustrate Jane's fair-mindedness in the conversation with her mother?
RL.1 What evidence of social snobbery does Jane Austen give us in this chapter?
RL.3 Whose view of Miss Bingley's and Miss Hurst's attitude do you think is more realistic - Jane's or Lizzie's? Explain your answer.
RL.1 What evidence is there in the paragraph above that Darcy does not want to find himself attracted to Lizzie?
RL.1 What does Darcy's comment about dancing suggest about his character?
RL.1 What is your impression of Miss Bingley's attitude when Darcy reveals his attraction to Lizzie? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.3 What does the fact that Lizzie is unaware of Darcy's interest in her suggest about her character?
RL.1 What is it in Catherine and Lydia's conduct that Mr. Bennett regards as foolish? Find evidence to support your answer in the conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Bennett.
RL.3 Do you think Mrs. Bennett is wise to send Jane on Horseback to Netherfield? Explain your answer.
RL.6 In what way is Lydia's sense of priorities different from Lizzie's? Explain your answer.
RL.1 Although Mr. and Mrs. Bennett clearly feel love and loyalty towards their daughters, what evidence can you find in this chapter which suggests that they are are also in some ways negligent of their welfare?
RL.1 Summarize your impression of Miss Bingley's and Mrs. Hurst's characters as they are shown in the passage above.
RL.3 Miss Bingley's criticism of Lizzy is matched by her flattery of Darcy; what do you think is the reason for this?
RL.1 What do you think Darcy's opinion of Miss Bingley is? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.6 In what ways does Jane Austen show Darcy to be prejudiced in this chapter?
RL.1 What effect do Mrs Bennett's comments to the company have on Lizzie?
RL.3 Compare and contrast Lydia's attitude in addressing Bingley, and the manner in which Lizzy expresses herself.
RL.1 What evidence is there in this chapter that Mrs. Bennett is an embarrassment to Lizzy?
RL.6 Do you think Lizzy is right to be embarrassed by her mother? Explain your answer.
RL.3 Do you think Darcy is fair in his criticism of Bingley? Explain your answer.
RL.3 What does Lizzie's failure to understand Darcy's attraction to her suggest about how well she understands him? Explain your answer.
RL.1 What are Darcy's feeling towards Lizzie at this point in the novel? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.6 Do you think Darcy wants to be attracted to Lizzie? Explain your answer.
RL.3 Why does Lizzie view Bingley's attentions to Jane with such pleasure?
RL.6 In what ways do Miss Bingley and Lizzy differ in their attitude to Darcy? Use evidence to support your comparison.
RL.1 What stands in the way of Darcy declaring his interest in Lizzy? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.6 Is Darcy guilty of vanity? Explain your answer.
RL.1 Who is Miss Bingley jealous of?
RL.6 How do Catherine's and Lydia's experiences and news from the past week compare with the experiences Lizzy has had?
RL.6 What is your opinion of Darcy's determination to conceal his interest from Lizzy? Explain your answer.
RL.4 What is your opinion of the tone of Mr. Collins's letter? Support your opinion with evidence.
RL.1 Summarize the reaction of each member of the Bennett family to Mr. Collins's letter.
RL.1 What does Mr. Collins's declaration that he comes "prepared to admire" the girls suggest about his plans?
RL.7 Listen to a reading of Mr Collins's letter by clicking the link below. How does its tone compare to the impression you received from reading the text?
RL.1 What impression do you get of Lady Catherine's character from Mr. Collins's account? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.6 Remind yourself of Darcy's description of social pretense in Chapter 10; how does Mr. Collins's description of his behavior compare with Darcy's description of those who make an effort to appear humble?
RL.1 Summarize your impression of Mr. Collins's character. Find evidence to support your summary.
RL.6 What is your opinion of the way Mr. Bennett behaves in this chapter? Explain your answer.
RL.1 How does Jane Austen's description of Mr Collins' character suggest that he is not entirely to blame for his faults? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.1 What impression do you get from this encounter between Darcy and Wickham? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.2 Why are the Bennett sisters so excited to attend a party at which some of the militia will be present?
RL.2 Why do you think Jane Austen includes the presence of the militia in the novel? Explain your answer.
RL.1 Summarize Lizzy's reaction to Mr. Wickham in the passage above.
RL.1 How does Wickham diminish the positive aspects of Mr. Darcy? Use evidence to support your answer.
RL.1 In what way is Mr. Collins' reference to the unimportance of losing five shillings ironic? Explain your answer.
RL.6 What evidence is there that Lizzy's description of Darcy, and her readiness to believe Mr Wickham's account of him is influenced by her attraction to Mr Wickham?
RL.7 Watch a dramatization of the conversation between Wickham and Lizzy by clicking the link below. How does it compare with your impressions from reading the text?
RL.6 Compare Lizzy's and Jane's response to Wickham's story; which of them do you think has a clearer and more realistic perspective?
RL.1 Summarize your impression of Lizzy's feeling at this point towards: a) Wickham b) Darcy
RL.1 What has Lizzy just realized about Mr. Collins' intentions?
RL.1 What evidence is there in this chapter that Lizzy's judgement has been affected by the arrival of Mr. Wickham?
RL.3 What is your opinion of Lizzy's rudeness towards Darcy and Bingley? Explain your answer.
RL.6 Do you think Lizzy is describing both herself and Darcy here? Explain your answer.
RL.7 Watch a dramatization of the dance between Lizzy and Darcy by clicking the link below. How does it compare with your impression from reading the text?
RL.1 Why does Lizzy choose to continue believing Wickham's account of his history? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.6 Why do you think Lizzy is so concerned about Darcy's opinion of her mother? Explain your answer.
RL.6 Summarize Lizzy's reasons for ignoring the advice of both Jane and Miss Bingley regarding Mr Wickham. Use evidence to support your answer.
RL.6 In Chapter 11 Darcy tells Lizzy "My good opinion once lost, is lost forever"; Lizzy replies "That is a failing indeed! Implacable resentment is a shade in a character." Express your opinion of her attitude to Darcy in this chapter, in the light of those words.
RL.6 Does Lizzy take Mr. Collins seriously? Find evidence to support your answe.
RL.3 What impression does the nature of Mr. Collins' proposal give you of his character? Support your answer with evidence.
RL.1 Summarize Lizzy's reaction to Mr Collins' proposal. Use evidence to support your summary.
RL.2 What do you think is Jane Austen's purpose in her portrayal of Mr. Collins? Explain your answe.
RL.2 Why is Mrs. Bennet alarmed at the possibility that Mr. Collins will give up his request for Lizzy's hand in marriage?
RL.3 What does the fact that Mr. Bennet supports Lizzy's decision suggest about his feelings for her?
RL.2 What message do you think Jane Austen is offering her reader through Lizzy's refusal of Mr. Collins?
RL.7 Watch a film version of Mr Collins's proposal by clicking the link below. Choose one character - Lizzy or Mr Collins - and compare their representation in the film clip with your impression from reading the text.
RL.6 What does the fact that Wickham avoided meeting Darcy, while Darcy, by attending the Netherfield ball, showed that he was willing to meet Wickham, suggest about both characters?
RL.6 Who do you think is more accurate in their interpretation of Miss Bingley's letter - Jane or Lizzy? Explain your opinion.
RL.6 Do you think Lizzy is as clear-sighted with regard to Mr Wickham's character as she is with regard to Mr Bingley? Explain your view.
RL.3 What does the fact that Mr. Collins is able to transfer his affections so quickly from Lizzy to Charlotte suggest about his character?
RL.4 Jane Austen describes Charlotte's motives as "pure and disinterested"; do you think she means this description seriously, or is she employing sarcasm in her description of Charlotte? Explain your answer.
RL.1 Summarize Lizzy's feelings about Charlotte's acceptance of Mr. Collins. Use evidence to support your summary.
RL.6 Do you think Jane Austen means us to disapprove of Charlotte's attitude, or does she use her portrayal of Charlotte to demonstrate the realities young women "of small fortune" were obliged to face? Explain your views.
RL.6 What does Lizzy's genuine disappointment in Charlotte's decision to marry Mr. Collins suggest about her own feelings in relation to marriage? Explain your answer.
RL.1 What are Lizzy's fears regarding the reasons for Bingley's continued absence? Find evidence to support your answe.
RL.6 Mr. Bennet seems to find his wife's anxieties about the future a source of quiet amusement, rather than genuine concern; do you think he should show more sympathy towards her? Explain your opinion.
RL.6 How has Lizzy's opinion of Mr. Bingley changed? Find evidence to support your answer.
RL.1 Summarize Jane's attitude about her situation.
RL.1 Summarize Lizzy's response to Jane's good-natured acceptance of her situation.
RL.6 Is Lizzy right to feel anger towards Bingley and his sisters? Explain your answer.
RL.2 What do you think Jane Austen's opinion is of marriage as a means of obtaining social status and financial security? Explain your thoughts.
RL.1 What relation are the Gardiners to the Bennets?
RL.1 Assess Lizzy's feelings towards Darcy at this point in the novel.
RL.3 Why is the fact that Mrs Gardiner has more knowledge of Pemberley, Wickham and Darcy important? Explain your answer.
RL.2 What do you think might be the reason for Mrs Gardiner's reservations about Lizzy's preference for Wickham?
RL.3 Why might Mrs. Gardiner think Wickham's lack of fortune is a reason for concern?
RL.1 Summarize Lizzy's reaction to Mrs. Gardiner's advice. Use evidence to support your summary.
RL.6 Does Lizzy fully believe the rosy picture Charlotte creates of her life at Hunsford? Explain your answer.
RL.6 Lizzy is more prepared to forgive Wickham for pursuing wealth and security than Charlotte; what do you think are her reasons?
RL.1 What lessons do you think Jane has learned from her experience? Find evidence to support your views.
RL.1 What are Lizzy's feelings for Wickham as she parts from him?
RL.1 What do you think Mrs. Gardiner means when she refers to Lizzy's "disappointment"?
RL.6 What does Lizzy's enthusiasm about getting away to see "rocks and mountains" suggest about her viewpoint and feelings at this point in the novel?