Chapters 1-3 Questions and Answers
1. Where does Jane live, and with whom?
2. What is her status, and how is she treated?
3. Why is Jane off reading alone?
4. Where is she sitting?
5. What happens between Jane and John?
6. What is Jane’s reaction to being hit with the book?
7. How do we know that Mrs. Reed is an unkind woman?
8. How does Jane behave in the Red Room?
9. Why does Jane imagine a ghost or spirit?
10. How do we learn about Jane’s appearance?
1. Jane lives at Gateshead hall with her aunt through marriage, Mrs. Reed, and her three cousins, John, Eliza, and Georgiana.
2. Jane is an orphan. She is treated very cruelly by Mrs. Reed and her children.
3. Mrs. Reed will not let Jane sit with the family.
4. Jane is sitting on a window seat in the breakfast room.
5. John throws a book at Jane, causing her head to bleed.
6. Jane hits John back and screams that he is “a wicked and cruel boy.”
7. Mrs. Reed ejects Jane from the family circle, banishes her to the Red Room, and refuses to let her out when she sobs.
8. Jane reacts by working herself into a fit.
9. The Red Room is the room where Jane’s uncle, Mr. Reed, has died. Jane also sees a light on the ceiling.
10. Both Bessie and Miss Abbot discuss Jane’s plainness, and Jane compares herself unfavorably to her beautiful cousin Georgiana.
Chapters 4-6 Questions and Answers
1. How does Jane spend her last few months at Gateshead Hall?
2. What is Mr. Brocklehurst’s attitude toward Jane?
3. What does Mrs. Reed tell Mr. Brocklehurst about Jane?
4. Why does Jane become upset at Mrs. Reed’s statement?
5. What are the conditions at the Lowood School?
6. How would you characterize Miss Scatcherd?
7. Why does Jane think Helen Burns is approachable?
8. What shocks Jane about Helen?
9. How does Brontë use Helen as a symbol of Christian love?
10. How does Jane react to Helen’s pious beliefs?
1. Jane continues to be excluded from the family’s activities even during the Christmas holiday season.
2. Mr. Brocklehurst admonishes Jane for being naughty and reminds her that the wicked go to hell.
3. Mrs. Reed tells Mr. Brocklehurst that Jane has a tendency to deceit.
4. Jane becomes very upset because she knows herself to be an utterly truthful person.
5. At Lowood, the rooms were dark and cold, the meals were not nutritious, and basically inedible, and the treatment by most of the teachers was cruel.
6. Miss Scatcherd is a mean woman who consistently picks on Helen Burns and then beats her.
7. Jane realizes that she and Helen have a love of reading in common.
8. Jane is shocked that Helen is not resentful toward the people who are mean to her.
9. Helen recites Christ’s teachings and honestly lives by his words.
10. Jane says it would be impossible for her to love Mrs. Reed or John Reed.
Chapters 7-10 Questions and Answers
1. What are the conditions at Lowood during the winter months?
2. How does Mr. Brocklehurst humiliate Jane?
3. Upon whom does Jane rely on for love and affection?
4. What happens at Lowood that changes the whole atmosphere?
5. How does Jane react after Miss Temple proves she is not a liar?
6. How does Helen view her impending death?
7. What happens to Jane during her last eight years at Lowood?
8. Why does Jane decide to leave Lowood?
9. How does she find other employment?
10. What news does Bessie bring her?
1. The children are half starved and sent out in the cold without warm clothing, and they must walk two miles to and from church on Sundays.
2. Mr. Brocklehurst tells the whole school that Jane is a liar, and instructs the students to shun her.
3. Helen Burns and Miss Temple give Jane some of the love she needs.
4. Most of the girls become sick with typhus, and Mr. Brockle-hurst is dismissed.
5. Jane excels at her studies, and takes up French and drawing.
6. Helen accepts her death and looks forward to being in God’s care.
7. Jane settles into the routine and eventually becomes a teacher.
8. After Miss Temple marries, Jane realizes she is ready for a change.
9. Jane puts an advertisement in the newspaper requesting a position as a teacher.
10. Bessie tells Jane that the Reed girls are not as intelligent as she, and that John is a disappointment to his mother. She also tells Jane that her uncle, John Eyre, had been looking for her several years earlier.
Chapters 11-15 Questions and Answers
1. How did Jane first meet Mr. Rochester?
2. Describe Mrs. Fairfax’s personality.
3. Explain Jane’s identification with Adele.
4. What is Jane’s mood when Mr. Rochester comes home?
5. What intrigues Mr. Rochester about Jane?
6. What do Jane and Mr. Rochester think about each other’s appearance?
7. Why does Jane think Grace Poole odd?
8. Explain the circumstances that ended the relationship between Celine Varens and Mr. Rochester.
9. Why is Jane’s knowledge of French important to her now?
10. How does Jane react to having her hand held by Mr. Rochester?
1. Jane meets Mr. Rochester on the road when his horse slips on the ice.
2. Mrs. Fairfax is a warm and friendly person. She is very happy to have Jane join the staff at Thornfield.
3. Jane likes Adele immediately, but cares even more for her when she finds out that she is an orphan like herself.
4. Jane is feeling rather bored and restless.
5. Mr. Rochester is fascinated by her strength and honesty.
6. Jane does not think Rochester handsome, and he thinks Jane to be plain.
7. She believes her to be the person with the strange laugh and the one who started the fire.
8. Celine brought another man to her bedroom, and Mr. Rochester overheard them discussing him in a negative way.
9. Adele speaks mostly French and very little English.
10. Jane cannot sleep for the rest of the night, and describes herself as feeling feverish.
Chapters 16-19 Questions and Answers
1. What effect has Mr. Rochester had on Jane?
2. Why does she want to suppress her feelings?
3. How does Jane react to Mr. Mason?
4. Why is she so curious about Grace Poole?
5. What does she observe about Blanche?
6. How does Rochester try to keep Jane involved in the festivities?
7. What does he observe about her feelings?
8. How do we know Jane is more clever than the other guests?
9. What reaction does Rochester have when he learns that Richard Mason has arrived?
10. What is the significance of Jane being able to physically support Rochester, again?
1. Jane admits to loving Rochester.
2. She believes she cannot compete with Blanche Ingram, who is described as being beautiful, and socially prominent.
3. Jane takes an immediate dislike to him.
4. Believing Grace to be the person who caused the fire, and who mysteriously laughs, Jane does not understand why Grace is allowed to get away with her behavior.
5. After observing Blanche interact with the other guests, Jane concludes that she is a phony, and that Mr. Rochester could not possibly love her. She assumes it is a political arrangement.
6. Rochester insists on her attendance at the events, and asks where she is going when she attempts to leave.
7. He tells her she looks depressed, though Jane denies it.
8. Jane recognizes Rochester under the gypsy costume, although he apparently fooled the rest of the guests.
9. He becomes very distressed and leans on Jane for support.
10. This gesture represents his growing emotional need for her, and Jane’s constant presence as his helper.
Chapters 20-22 Questions and Answers
1. What is the added mystery in this chapter?
2. How is Rochester’s behavior contradictory?
3. What has happened to John Reed?
4. What important information does Mrs. Reed tell Jane?
5. Who is with Mrs. Reed when she dies?
6. How is the attacker described by Richard Mason?
7. What becomes of Georgiana and Eliza Reed?
8. How does Jane feel when she is approaching Thornfield Hall?
9. What does she blurt out to Rochester?
10. How does Jane describe him?
1. Richard Mason is attacked by someone in the attic.
2. Rochester intimates his love for Jane, but proceeds with his plans to marry Blanche.
3. John Reed apparently drank himself into debt, eventually using up his mother’s money as well. The rumor is that he killed himself.
4. Mrs. Reed tells Jane of her uncle, John Eyre, who three years earlier sought to make Jane his heir. Mrs. Reed told him that Jane had died of typhus at Lowood.
5. Nobody is with Mrs. Reed, she dies alone.
6. Richard Mason describes his attacker as an animal who bit him and sucked his blood.
7. Georgiana goes on to make a prestigious match, and Eliza enters the convent.
8. She is extremely excited about seeing Rochester again; she talks about how she had never felt like this, as if she were coming home.
9. She tells Rochester that anywhere he is, is her home.
10. She describes him as being very happy.
Chapters 23-25 Questions and Answers
1. Where and at what time of the year and day does Rochester’s proposal take place?
2. What prompts him to propose?
3. How does Jane react at first?
4. Why are they forced to run into the house after the proposal?
5. How does Jane respond to Rochester’s offer of jewels and fancy clothes?
6. What warning does Mrs. Fairfax give Jane?
7. How do Jane’s fears show up in her dreams?
8. Who wakes Jane from her fitful sleep?
9. What happens to the chestnut tree?
10. Where does Jane sleep on the eve of her wedding?
1. It is mid-summer when...
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Chapters 26-27 Questions and Answers
1. How is the wedding ceremony interrupted?
2. What is the relationship between Richard Mason and Bertha Rochester?
3. Where is the Mason family from?
4. How did Rochester come to marry Bertha?
5. How many years ago were they married?
6. What secret was kept from Rochester about the Mason family?
7. How does John Eyre figure in this chapter?
8. What is the solution Rochester offers to Jane?
9. What hastens Jane’s retreat from Thornfield Hall?
10. How do we know this has been a devastating experience for Jane?
1. A lawyer, Mr. Briggs, reads a...
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Chapters 28-29 Questions and Answers
1. What is the name of the house where the Rivers family lives?
2. What happened to Jane when she first came to town?
3. How did Hannah react to Jane?
4. Was Moor House similar to Thornfield Hall?
5. How did the Rivers family decide to let Jane stay?
6. What did they surmise about Jane’s background?
7. Why does Jane choose an alias?
8. What are the occupations of St. John Rivers, and his sisters, Diana and Mary?
9. How does St. John Rivers describe Jane?
10. What are Jane’s observations of St. John Rivers?
1. The Rivers family lives at Marsh...
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Chapters 30-31 Questions and Answers
1. What do the Rivers sisters have in common with Jane?
2. Why does Jane admire Diana?
3. What is Jane’s observation of St. John?
4. What, and where, is Jane’s new home?
5. Who are her pupils?
6. Who dies and leaves the Rivers family a small inheritance?
7. How does Jane describe Miss Oliver?
8. What is Miss Oliver’s connection to the school?
9. Who is Mr. Oliver?
10. How does St. John react to Miss Oliver?
1. They all love reading, and are well educated.
2. She admires her strength and leadership qualities.
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Chapter 32-33 Questions and Answers
1. How has Jane’s status changed?
2. What does she observe about St. John Rivers and Rosamond Oliver?
3. What does Mr. Oliver tell Jane?
4. How are Jane’s dreams different from her days?
5. Why does Miss Oliver like Jane?
6. How does Jane shock St. John?
7. What language is Jane studying?
8. How does St. John feel about Rosamond Oliver?
9. What does St. John do with Jane’s paper?
10. What is Jane’s reaction to St. John’s attention to her paper?
1. She is now regarded with respect by the towns-people.
2. St. John and Miss...
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Chapter 34-35 Questions and Answers
1. What time of year is it?
2. How did Jane prepare Moor House for Diana’s and Mary’s return?
3. Why does St. John want to marry Jane?
4. Why does she refuse him?
5. What did Diana think of this idea?
6. How does Jane constantly describe St. John?
7. What happened to Rosamond Oliver?
8. What does Jane say when St. John asks her if she will look for Mr. Rochester?
9. What stops Jane from giving in to St. John’s request?
10. What does Jane say when she hears Rochester calling her name?
1. It is Christmas time.
2. Jane cleaned and...
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Chapters 36-38 Questions and Answers
1. Why does Jane go to look for Rochester?
2. What stops her, at the last minute, from giving in to St. John?
3. How does Diana react to knowing that Jane turned down St. John’s proposal?
4. How does Jane find Thornfield Hall?
5. Where does she stay?
6. What does The Host tell Jane?
7. What is Rochester’s reaction to having Jane come back to him?
8. What mystical occurrence does Rochester describe?
9. How has Rochester’s philosophy changed?
10. What becomes of Diana, Mary, and St. John Rivers?
1. She can’t stop thinking or dreaming about...
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