Chapter 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. When the story opens, how old is Emma?

2. Why isn’t she married?

3. What are the Woodhouses’ feelings on the day of Miss Taylor’s wedding?

4. Who did Miss Taylor marry?

5. What social position do the Woodhouses occupy in High¬bury?

6. Why doesn’t Mr. Woodhouse think they will ever see Miss Taylor again?

7. What is Mr. Knightley’s connection to the Woodhouses?

8. How does Mr. Knightley think the Woodhouses regard Miss Taylor’s marriage?

9. Why does Mr. Knightley question Emma’s claims that she made the match herself?

10. What does he think of her plans to match Mr. Elton with a wife?

Answers
1. At twenty-one, Emma is of marriageable age and has excellent prospects because she is “handsome, clever, and rich with a comfortable home and happy disposition.”

2. Emma’s mother died when she was five, and her sister has married and moved to London, leaving her the mistress of Hartfield. She has made a promise to her father that she will not marry.

3. Emma misses Miss Taylor. She took her mother’s place and raised her, schooled her, and for the last seven years, had been a dear companion and friend. Mr. Woodhouse doesn’t like change of any sort, and matrimony, the “origin of change, was always disagreeable.”

4. Mr. Weston, a widower of “suitable age...

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