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Quiz: Jane Austen

Updated on October 7, 2014

Are you ready for my quiz?

Here are 10 questions to test your knowledge of the author Jane Austen. Answer one click the next button and you'll be taken to the next. At the end you'll see how well you've done in relation to others.

When you are finished taking the quiz you will find an explanation of the answers at the bottom of this page in the answer summary.

Good luck!

Jane Austen Quiz


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A Change of Order

In Publisher's Weekly, Amy Elizabeth Smith, a notable Jane Austen teacher and fan of Jane Austen and her books was asked to rank Austen's novels in order of favorites--her favorite was Northanger Abbey. I highly recommend you read her ordered selection and why she made them in the order she did. Then vote for your favorite novel below (and if you are adamant enough share why you made your choice and rank the other novels).

What is Your Favorite Jane Austen Novel?

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Answer Summary

1. Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Hampshire, England to Reverend George Austen and Cassandra Austen.

The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen

2. Jane Austen had seven other siblings -- from oldest to youngest they are: James, George, Edward, Henry, Cassandra, Frank and Charles.

3. Jane Austen's short works were called "juvenilia". According to Wiki, it is a term "applied to literary, musical or artistic works produced by an author during his or her youth." Three volumes of Jane's juvenilia have survived and been put into book form.

4. Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen's first published novel. It was published at a cost to the author in 1811.

5. Jane Austen used the pseudonym "a Lady". During the early 1800s it was assumed, often wrongly, that if you were a woman writer that you had no other means of support.

6. Six of Jane Austen's novels were published: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.

7. Jane Austen never married.

8. Jane Austen spent the last three weeks of her life with her sister Cassandra in Winchester, England in their home on College Street.

9. Jane Austen was forty-one when she died on July 18, 1817. It is suspected that she died at such an early age because she had Addison's Disease, a disorder that affects the endocrine system.

10. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published after Jane Austen's death in 1817. This was the first time she was publicly acknowledged as an author.

Did you take the quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun? Sure you did.

Comments (rabble rabble) - How did you do?

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    • Rangoon House profile image

      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love Jane Austen, but clearly need to spend some time with her! Thank you for another wonderful quiz.

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      Stacy Birch 6 years ago

      Yes, I did not know where she died, but I got all the others. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well, we just proved that you know at least 70% more about Jane Austin than I do! You do great quizzes, I'm awake, it's late but maybe I'll get lucky if I try just one more.....I'll let you know how I do.

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      That was really hard...need to brush up on my Jane Austen facts.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      not bad!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      Well I really thought I would do better on this...I only got 70%...tough quiz! :)

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Wow tough questions - Given how hard it was, I don't think 6 out of 10 was a bad score.