Do Now: Reread the opening sentence of the novel. How are marriage and gender roles characterized in this opening line?
Background for the novel.
Study Guide Questions (For your assistance, not required.)
Volume I, Chapter 1 1. Which central themes and narrative characteristics of the novel are introduced in the famous opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice?
2. Why does Mrs. Bennet state that it is impossible for her and her daughters to visit Mr.
Bingley if Mr. Bennet does not visit him first?
3. Why does Mr. Bennet prefer Elizabeth over his other daughters?
4. To what extent does the statement that it was the “business of [Mrs. Bennet’s] life” to “get her daughters married” serve as a commentary on hereditary practices among England’s landowners?
Volume I, Chapter 2
1. How is Austen able to portray Mrs. Bennet as a foolish and uneducated woman when she describes Mrs. Bennet’s assessment of her relationship with Mrs. Long?
2. How do Mr. Bennet’s comments on his wife’s nerves provide a clue to his overall opinion of his wife?
Volume I, Chapter 3
1. What hopes does Mrs. Bennet immediately connect with Mr. Bingley’s move to Netherfield?
2. Which characteristics cause Mr. Darcy to make a favorable first impression at the ball?
What does this early assessment of his character reveal about the people in Meryton?
3. What behaviors does Mr. Darcy eventually display at the ball that cause people to change their initially positive opinion of him and deem him a proud and disagreeable man?
4. What causes Elizabeth to form a negative opinion of Mr. Darcy?
5. Why does Mr. Bennet express his wish that Mr. Bingley “had sprained his ankle in the first dance”? What does the Bennets’ exchange reveal about their characters and their relationship?
Volume I, Chapter 4
1. What does Jane’s ability to “always speak what [she] think[s]” reveal about her character as a human being?
2. What differentiates Mr. Bingley’s social position from Mr. Darcy’s?
3. To what extent does the behavior displayed by the Bingley sisters reflect the anxieties of the newly rich?
Volume I, Chapter 5
1. What reasons does Charlotte Lucas offer for defending Mr. Darcy’s pride?
2. To what extent does Mrs. Bennet’s observation that Mrs. Long “does not keep a carriage and had come to the ball in a hack chaise” serve as her explanation for Mr. Darcy’s refusal to talk with Mrs. Long at the ball?
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