Pride and Prejudice: Past and Sample Exam Questions (H)

Past Exam Questions (Reverse Chronological Order)

2014

(i)  “Readers can both admire Elizabeth Bennet’s character and learn a variety of lessons from her experiences.”

To what extent do you agree with this view? Support your answer with suitable reference to the novel, Pride and Prejudice.

OR

(ii)  “Throughout the novel, Pride and Prejudice, Austen uses a variety of techniques to entertain her readers and provide commentary on the society of her day.”

Discuss this view of the novel, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

 

2007

(i)  Jane Austen particularly liked Elizabeth Bennet as a character. Did you?

Write your personal response to the character of Elizabeth outlining the qualities that did or did not appeal to you. Your answer should make use of reference to the text in support of your points.

OR

(ii)  “Marriage rather than love is the central theme of Pride and Prejudice.”

Do you agree with this assessment of the novel? Give reasons for your answer supporting them with the aid of suitable reference to the text.

 

2006

(i)  “What fascinates the reader of Pride and Prejudice is the relationship between the central characters of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.”

Write a response to this statement, supporting your views by reference to the text.

OR

(ii)  “In Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen laughs at the follies of her characters without being cruel to them.”

To what extent would you agree with this view? Support your points by reference to the text.

 

Sample and Past Exam Questions (By Category)

Character

  • 2006: “In Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen laughs at the follies of her characters without being cruel to them.”
  • Elizabeth Bennet is a credible heroine due to her faults as well as her strengths.
  • The appearance of characters in society acts as a shield to their true selves.
  • Discuss gender roles in the novel.

Elizabeth Bennet

  • 2014: “Readers can both admire Elizabeth Bennet’s character and learn a variety of lessons from her experiences.”
  • 2007:  Jane Austen particularly liked Elizabeth Bennet as a character. Did you? Write your personal response to the character of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth and Mr Darcy

  • 2006: “What fascinates the reader of Pride and Prejudice is the relationship between the central characters of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.”

Minor Characters

  • “In Pride and Prejudice the sources of mirth lie chiefly in the minor characters…”  (A.C. Bradley)

 

Style

  • 2014: “Throughout the novel, Pride and Prejudice, Austen uses a variety of techniques to entertain her readers and provide commentary on the society of her day.”
  • Austen uses letters in the novel to reveal insights into characters and situations as a narrative device.

 

Theme

  • 2007: “Marriage rather than love is the central theme of Pride and Prejudice.”
  • Prejudice in society and pride amongst its people stand in the way of love.
  • Pride and Prejudice is a novel about courtship. Do you agree with this statement?
  • Austen’s working title for the novel was First Impressions. Do you think this title embodies the theme of prejudice and appearances in the novel?
  • The appearance of characters in society shields their true selves.
  • Society and social class are major themes in the novel. Discuss.
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