Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Test your Jane Austen IQ

From Who Killed Iago?: A Book of Fiendishly Challenging Literary Quizzes comes this sample brain teaser on Jane Austen; the answers are below the jump. Let us know how you do!
 1.  In which county was JA born?
 2.  What did her father do for a living?
 3.  Who owned Mansfield Park?
 4.  What was Mr. Darcy's first name?
 5.  Of which novel did Austen write in advance, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like"?
 6.  What was the name of JA's confidante and sister?
 7.  Which novel began as a sketch written by Austen in her early 20s called "Elinor and Marianne?"
 8.  To which public figure is "Emma" dedicated?
 9.  What's the fourth word of "Pride and Prejudice?"
10.  How many Austen novels were published in her lifetime?

1. Hampshire
2. Clergyman; Jane was born in the rectory.
3. Sir Thomas Bertram
4. Fitzwilliam 
5. Emma
6. Cassandra
7. Sense and Sensibility
8. The Prince Regent (reluctantly on her part)
9. "Truth"—"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
10. Four:  Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published the year after year death at age 41.


  1. Only a 50% for me. I must brush up on my Jane.

  2. I only got half right and here I thought I knew all things Jane!

  3. I got about 4 outta 10 correct kinda rusty on my Jane Austen knowledge.

  4. I hope we're grading on a curve because I only got 3 correct! Yikes...

  5. You beat me, Wilhelm. I only got two as I choked on "Truth"

  6. You guys are terrific. I'm just hoping for a Poe quiz. (I know the answer to the title though. Any consolation points?)

  7. Seven out of 10! Not too shabby, I think.

  8. Who Killed Iago? Is an incredibly difficult quiz book. It lowered my self-esteem by 50 points. My self-esteem bar is in the red.

  9. I agree it's difficult (and I haven't made my way through all of it yet!), but I think we have to cut ourselves some slack - we're going to know stuff we mostly care about, right? Some of the themes and the way the author groups them are clever, and I like that aspect a lot.

    1. Yes! You are right...slack cut. I do like the layout of the book. I tried to picture myself playing the quiz game with friends after a swanky dinner party - but it would quickly go the way of the least enjoyable dinner party in the Great Gatsby. A face would be punched and a nose broken.

  10. Jane Austen is definitely one of those authors---much like Shakespeare---whose work becomes more and more interesting as you become familiar with the details of their books. She is an author to grow old with, almost like a member of one's extended family.