Understanding characters as literary devices

Sarah Holmes
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Created by Sarah Holmes almost 4 years ago


The question sin this quiz all relate directly to an extract from Pride and Prejudice. The questions pull together everything learners have learnt so far about characterisation in C19th prose fiction.

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Question 1

Which method of characterisation is being used in the extract from Pride and Prejudice?
  • Showing
  • Telling
  • Showing and telling

Question 2

Charlotte Lucas is an example of a flat character whilst Elizabeth Bennet is an example of a rounded character.
  • True
  • False

Question 3

Which of these quotations shows that Charlotte doesn't think it is important for a husband and wife to know one another well before they marry?
  • she had as good a chance of happiness as if she were to be studying his character for a twelve-month.
  • Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
  • it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.

Question 4

Annotate this extract to show how language is being used to convey Elizabeth's opinions about marriage.
  • Marriage alone shouldn't be main goal
  • Implicit criticism of other women
  • Short assertions = certainty
  • 3-part list to indicate insufficency
  • Irony and sarcasm used to show contempt

Question 5

What is the main idea being expressed throughout this extract?
  • Marriage is a great institution and every woman should strive to marry well.
  • It is important to find a rich husband to be happy in your marriage.
  • It is not important for a couple to know one another well before they marry.
  • Society prevents couples from getting to know one another before marriage.
  • For a marriage to be happy the couple must be sure they are compatible.
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