Last night we hosted our last Summer Series event, finishing with a quiz on all things Jane Austen!

As we had so much fun, we want to share the quiz with everyone. Why not have a go or challenge your friends and see how accomplished they really are! We’ll post the answers next week.


  1. Who said, “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
  2. Who said, “All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!”
  3. Who said, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”
  4. Which Jane Austen character quotes the following lines: “The course of true love never did run smooth” (William Shakespeare)
  5. Who said, “Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.”
  6. Who said, “I consider music as a very innocent diversion, and perfectly compatible with the profession of a clergyman”
  7. Which Jane Austen character quotes the following lines: “Ye fallen avenues, once more I mourn” (John Milton)
  8. Who said, “I absolutely cannot do without music. It is a necessary of life to me.”
  9. Who said, “There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself.”
  10. Who said, “A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing and the modern languages.”

Points out of 10.


These are ten images of two characters from one adaptation morphed into one images. There are three points per image up for grabs, one for each character name and one for the adaptation they starred in.

Points out of 30.

ROUND 3: JANE AUSTEN’S WORLD Multiple choice.

1. It is a commonplace that Austen didn’t write about politics, or about the wars that waged during her lifetime. Which of the following characters is not a naval man in her novels?

  • Richard Price
  • Sam Price
  • Richard ‘Dick’ Musgrove
  • John Thorpe

2. Which is the following is not a genuine quotation from Fordyce’s Sermons, which bores Lydia Bennet to rudeness when read aloud by Mr Collins?

  • “men of the best sense have been usually averse to the thought of marrying a witty female”
  • “the minds of women are enfeebled by false refinement”
  • there are “very few [novels] that you can read with safety, and yet fewer that you can read with advantage.”
  • “Remember how tender a thing a woman’s reputation is, how hard to preserve and when lost how impossible to recover.”

3. Northanger Abbey documents the Gothic obsession of its young heroine and also mounts a defense of the novel. Which eighteenth-century woman writer does Austen not refer to in Northanger Abbey?

  • Eliza Haywood
  • Maria Edgeworth
  • Frances Burney
  • Ann Radliffe

4. Which estate was Jane Austen almost mistress of for a night in 1802?

  • Godmersham
  • Pemberley
  • Manydown
  • Hartfield

5. How much money was Jane Austen paid by Thomas Egerton for Pride and Prejudice?

  • £10
  • £110
  • £150
  • £1100

6. Which of the following cruel comments was not penned by Austen?

  • [This person] “was not so refined as she ought to have been from her talent”
  • “I looked at his daughter, and thought her a queer animal with a white neck.”
  • “poor Woman! how can she be honestly breeding again?”
  • “I had the comfort of finding out the other evening who all the fat girls with short noses were that disturbed me at the 1st H. Ball.”

7. Which is the highest rank?

  • Duke
  • Baronet
  • Viscount
  • Earl

8. What is a ha-ha?

  • A sunken fence used to keep livestock out of grounds near a house without disrupting the view across the estate
  • Regency slang for a flirtatious woman
  • An area set aside at a pleasure garden for gambling
  • A manmade grotto

9. What is a reticule?

  • An eyeglass, often kept in the breast pocket
  • A small handmade bag
  • A small case for toothpicks
  • The high front seat taken by the driver of a barouche

10. Name the following seaside locations that feature in Austen’s novels from their descriptions (1 point for each correct)

  • A seaside town in Thanet where Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein briefly attended boarding school (clue: Tom Bertram visits friends there)
  • An East Sussex town famed for its Royal Pavilion, which, to one of Austen’s characters ‘comprised every possibility of earthly happiness
  • The pearl of Dorset, noted for the fossils found in the cliffs, and, in addition to featuring in one of Austen’s novels, also appeared in John Fowles novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and the 1981 film of that name.
  • A fictional up-and-coming seaside resort, thought by some to be based on Worthing in Sussex  

Points out of 13.

ROUND 4: ADAPTATIONS Ten questions with a chance for a couple of bonus points here and there. 

  1. What 1990 movie, directed by Whit Stillman and paying homage to Austen’s Mansfield Park, had the tagline ‘Doomed. Bourgeois. In Love’?
  2. What 2016 adaptation featuring Lily James has the patriarch declare “My daughters are trained for battle, sir, not the kitchen.” Bonus point if you can name the actor who spoke these lines.
  3. Which 2019 8-part series was dismissed by The Independent as ‘Jane Austen meets Love Island’?
  4. What 2013 novel – a rewrite of Austen – opened with the line ‘There could be no wearing of clothes without their laundering, just as surely as there could be no going without clothes, not in Hertfordshire anyway, and not in September.’
  5. Which Jane Austen character was brought to life in 1995 by Greg Wise?
  6. Which 1999 adaptation generated criticism on account of the way that it modified the heroine to be more like Jane Austen herself?
  7. Which remake of Emma takes place in a Beverley Hills high-school?
  8. Which 100-episode web-series in 2012-13, which premiered on YouTube, saw one of Austen’s most famous heroines become a vlogger?
  9. Which 1995 adaptation earned the following praise from The Washington Post: “there’s a wonderful, unhurried delicacy about [the film]…as if everyone concerned with the production knows that, if given time and patience, Austen’s genius will emerge. Thanks to assured performances, exacting direction and, of course, inspired writing, it does, in subtle, glorious ways.”
  10. Which actress caused confusion with a nosebleed in the final scenes of a recent Austen adaptation? Bonus point if you can name the director of the film.

Points out of 12.

ROUND 5: DEVILISHLY DIFFICULT 5 points for a right answer!

  1. Whose family did not think it necessary to leave property away from the female line?
  2. Which character writes good sermons; gets cross with his wife his wife when the cook makes a blunder?
  3. Who advised her daughters to remain in London?
  4. Who plays Amelia in Lover’s Vows?
  5. Haye Park and Purvis Lodge are houses in which neighbourhood?
  6. Who gives his neighbours half a buck from his estate twice a year:?
  7. Who invites his neighbours to win or lose a few sixpences by his fireside?
  8. Tom Oliver and Charles Maddox are neighbours of which family?
  9. Who is a Member of Parliament; his first name is Thomas and owns a town house in Hanover Square?
  10. Who was afraid that a will would reveal half a dozen natural children?

Points out of 50.

Total score is out of a possible 115.