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Chapters 9-11 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What becomes of Emma’s intention to improve Harriet’s mind?

2. What new scheme does Emma devise to get Harriet and Mr. Elton together?

3. When Mr. Elton sends a riddle, what conditions does he put on it?

4. Why is Mr. Woodhouse convinced that Emma wrote the riddle?

5. How does Emma respond when Harriet wonders why Emma isn’t married?

6. How next does Emma contrive to get Harriet and Mr. Elton together?

7. What ruse does Emma use once they are in Mr. Elton’s house?

8. How is Isabella Knightley portrayed?

9. How is John Knightley portrayed?

10. How does John Knightley show insight?

Answers
1. With Emma focusing all her energies on pairing up Harriet and Mr. Elton, their reading never gets past the first few chapters of any book.

2. Emma asks him to contribute “enigmas, charades, or conundrums” to help her and Harriet write a riddle.

3. He sends it under the pretense that it is from a friend, and that it is “not for Miss Smith’s collection,” but rather to be viewed by Emma privately. She immediately gives it to Harriet.

4. Just after Harriet vows to keep the riddle a secret, Emma reads it to her father with her own interpretations. She so dominates the work, Mr. Woodhouse thinks she wrote it.

5. Emma assures Harriet that she has everything she wants now, has never met the man she thinks superior to her, and has no intention of changing. When the subject of Miss Bates comes up, Emma declares she will never be that kind of old maid—smiling, silly, and poor.

6. First she takes a foot path above the main road so they might be alone. When Harriet follows her, she pretends to adjust her...

(The entire section is 435 words.)