Pride & Prejudice: Study questions

What does Mrs. Bennet wish Mr. Bennet would do?
She wants him to call in the new occupant of Netherfield Hall so that their daughters may then make his acquaintance.

What opinion does Mr. Bennet have of his daughters?
He thinks all but Lizzie are silly and ignorant.

What reccomends Mr. Bingley to Mrs. Bennet?
He is a bachelor and has lots of money.

How does Mr. Bennet entertain himself?
He teases his daughters and excersizes his sarcastic wit upon them.

Which of the following statements does not describe Mr. Bingley?
He is an intellectual.

How does Mr. Darcy conduct himself at the ball?
He is proud and formal and makes no effort to get to know anyone.

Why doesn’t darcy ask Elizabeth to dance?
He doesn’t know Elizabeth, thinks her only tolerable, and doesn’t want to get to know her.

Which of the Bennet daughters is being described? She is all goodness, never speaks badly of anyone, is patient and gentle.

True or false: Mary is the most independent of the girls. She speaks her mind and holds independent views.

True or false: Charlotte excuses Darcy by saying he has a lot to be proud of–money, family connections, and good looks.

Mary said. “__ is a common failing, (it) relates to our opinion of ourselves.” Of what was she speaking?

What opinion does Charlotte have that she shares with Elizabeth?
She says that Jane should make her feeling about Mr. Bingley known or he may think her indifferent and become attracted to someone else.

True or false: Darcy rejects Elizabeth because she is too intelligent, and it makes him feel inferior.

Although Mrs. Bennet is and unwise and foolish woman, why can we understand her pursuit of rich young men for her daughters?
Mr. Bennet’s estate is entailed on a distant male relative; therefore, his daughters will lose their home upon his death. She wants them to have secure futures.

Why won’t Mrs. Bennet allow Jane to use the carriage to go to Netherfield?
Since it looks like it is going to rain, Mrs. Bennet wants Jane to go on horseback so she will have to spent at least one night there.

How does Elizabeth feel about Bingley’s sisters?
She regards them as shallow snobs.

True or false: the exchange between Darcy and Mr. Bingley is amusing to Elizabeth.

During a conversation, Person A concludes that Person B’s defect “is a propensity to hate everybody,” and Person B concludes that Person A’s defect “is willfully to misunderstand them.” Who are the two speakers?
Person A is Elizabeth and Person B is Darcy.

Why does Mrs. Bennet refuse to send the carriage for Jane and Elizabeth?
She wants them to stay at Netherfield a few more days to increase the chances of Jane totally winning Mr. Bingley’s heart.

Identify the speaker and the motive: “May I ast whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?”
Mr. Bennet is ridiculing his cousin, Mr. Collins, for the time he spends complimenting Lady Catherine.

What is Mr. Collins’ motive for visiting the Bennet family?
He wants to choose the a wife from among the Bennet sisters.

True or false: Darcy and Wickham recognize each other and exchange tense words. Wickham looked like he was going to strike Darcy, so Darcy excused himself and left the room.

Which is not one of the statements that Wickham relates to Elizabeth about his relationship with Darcy?
Darcy’s father left half of his fortune to Wickham. Darcy was contesting the move in court.

Identify the speaker, and explain Austen’s reference: ” a young man too, like you, whose very countenance may vouch for your being amiable.”
Jane is complimenting Bingley.

The other characters have different reactions to Wickhams tale. Who thinks there must be some misunderstanding to explain the situation?
Jane does.

Who has Mr. Collins decided will be his wife at this point in the novel?
He has decided on Elizabeth.

What does Darcy say to Elizabeth concerning Wickham?
He says that Wickham makes new friends with ease but is not able to keep them.

How does Mr. Collins react to Mrs. Bennet’s rejection of his marriage proposal?
He thinks she is doing it to be flirtatious. It is beyond his comprehension to think he would be rejected.

True or false: Mr. Bennet tells his daughter that if she refuses Mr. Collins, her mother will not see her again, and if she accepts him, her father will never see her again.

Who agreed to mary Mr. Collins?
Charlotte did.

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