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Pride and Prejudice

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1813

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Essay Questions

Use these essay questions as writing and critical thinking exercises for all levels of writers, and to build their literary analysis skills by requiring textual references throughout the essay.

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Scaffolded Essay Questions

Student Prompt: Write a short (1-3 paragraph) response using one of the below bulleted outlines. Cite details from the text over the course of your response that serve as examples and support.

1. The characters in the novel seem to perceive the idea of “good breeding” in a way that differs from the author’s thoughts on the subject.

  • Define or describe what is meant by “good breeding.” (topic sentence)
  • Give 3 examples from the novel of how different characters perceive “good breeding.”
  • Conclude by explaining what actual “good breeding” is to Jane Austen as implied in the text in comparison to what the characters may believe; connect Austen’s idea of “good breeding” to the theme of Pride and Prejudice.

2. Mr. Darcy’s attraction to Elizabeth Bennet progresses throughout the novel.

  • Explain what first attracts Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth. (topic sentence)
  • Give 3 reasons why Mr. Darcy’s attraction for Elizabeth continues to grow.
  • In your concluding sentences, explain how Mr.

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By Jane Austen