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Jane Austen: life
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Jane Austen was born in 1775 in Steventon, a small village in the ________ of England.
2. Her father was the rector of the local ________ and educated Jane at home.
3. She spent her ________ life within her affectionate family and showed an interest in literature and writing ________.
4. Her lifelong companion was her ________.
5. Jane ________.
6. When their father died, Jane with her mother and sister settled at Chawton, a ________ village near Steventon.
7. She died in Winchester in ________ and was buried in the town's cathedral.
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Pride and Prejudice: style
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Pride and Prejudice is characterised by the ________ of the characters and the brightness of ________ often quoted without the mediation of the narrator.
2. Third-person ________ is used when Austen positions herself close to the mind and consciousness of one character – mainly Elizabeth – and presents the ________ from her point of view.
3. There is also first-person narrative mostly in the use of ________.
4. The epistolary technique is extensively used when the ________ have been fully outlined and the action has moved out of Longbourn.
5. ________ is often employed when the characters are trapped in a double ________, and they do not know the things the reader knows.
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Jane Austen: works
Complete the titles of Austen's works.

1. Sense and________
2. Pride and________
3. Northanger________
4. Mansfield________
5. Elinor and________
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Jane Austen and the novel of manners
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Jane Austen is regarded as the master of the novel of manners.
B: From 17th-century novelists, she learned about insight into the psychology of the characters and the ability to deal with ordinary events.
C: From Henry Fielding, she derived the technique of the omniscient narrator and the use of dialogue to bring characters to life.
D: She used to interpret or comment on her characters' actions.
E: Like the Augustan writers, she limited her view to the world of the country gentry, which she knew best.
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Jane Austen: analysis of character
Read the text below and find the six mistakes in it.

In Austen's works there was no place for great passions; she was more interested in people's behaviour. She mixed the sixth sense and moral principles of her generation with direct observation and spontaneous feeling. She produced very amusing works dealing with frivolous matters. Her novels usually had a disappointing ending, but the focus was more on the progressive stages through which the protagonists reach their goal. Austen thought that strong impulses and intensely emotional states should be overcome by private reflection, not because of some abstract standard of reason but to fulfil social vices.
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Jane Austen: settings
Tick the names of the places where Austen's novels are set.
A: Scotland
B: Wales
C: Ireland
D: Country houses
E: The industrial north of England
F: London
G: Bath
H: Seaside resorts
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Pride and Prejudice: plot and setting
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Pride and Prejudice
A: is a romantic comedy which deals with the fortunes and misfortunes of young lovers and ends in happy marriages.
B: is set in Longbourn, where Mr and Mrs Bennet live with their five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia and Kitty.
C: has among its characters Charles Bingley, a rich bachelor, who comes to live near the Bennets.
D: is a love story: Mr Bingley falls in love with Elizabeth.
E: is the story of the attraction between the aristocratic Fitzwilliam Darcy and Jane.
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Pride and Prejudice: plot and setting
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: At first, Elizabeth dislikes Darcy because of his snobbish behaviour: when he declares his love, he also shows contempt for her social position.
B: Elizabeth rejects Darcy and also accuses him of separating her sister and Bingley, and of ill-treating George Wickham, a young army officer.
C: Wickham elopes with Lydia but Darcy finds them and prevents their marriage.
D: Elizabeth realises that Darcy is a good person and accepts his renewed proposal.
E: Bingley becomes engaged to Jane and the novel ends with the happy marriages of the two couples.
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Pride and Prejudice: characters
Tick the features related to the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy.
A: Disgusting
B: Prejudiced
C: Self-centred
D: Unsociable
E: Weak
F: Rough
G: Poor
H: Proud
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Pride and Prejudice: themes
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The central theme of the novel is the hero's and heroine's journeys towards self-awareness and ________.
2. Other themes are ________, marriage, status, wealth, decorum and good ________.
3. Marriage in terms of security and ________ is represented by Charlotte Lucas and Mr Collins.
4. Marriage in terms of physical infatuation is represented by ________ and Wickham, and by Mr and Mrs Bennet.
5. Marriage in terms of love and ________ is represented by Jane and Bingley, and by Elizabeth and ________.
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