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So You Think You Know Jane Austen?: A Literary Quizbook (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

John Sutherland , Deirdre Le Faye
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26 Feb 2009 Oxford World's Classics
know your favourite author. Starting with easy, factual questions the quiz progresses to find out how much you know by deduction and hypothesis- what really motivates the characters, and what is going on underneath the surface? Hugely entertaining as well as full of fascinating insights,

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (26 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538997
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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guarantees you will know her much better after reading it. The answers are at the back!

How well do you really know your favourite author? Ace literary detective turned quizmaster John Sutherland and Austen buff Deirdre Le Faye challenge the reader to find out. Starting with easy, factual questions that test how well you remember a novel and its characters, the quiz progresses to a level of greater difficulty, demanding close reading and interpretative deduction. What really motivates the characters, and what is going on beneath the surface of the story? Designed to amuse and divert, the questions and answers take the reader on an imaginative journey into the world of Jane Austen, where hypothesis and speculation produce fascinating and unexpected insights. Whether you are an expert or enthusiast, So You Think You Know Jane Austen? guarantees you will know her much better after reading it.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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you should get a kick out of answering any of the questions in this book correctly. (Irish Times)

For those reading Austen for academic puposes the clear answers and insights could prove a valuable learning tool. (Irish Times)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a short book - you can easily read it in an afternoon - but a real pleasure. It's presented as a quizbook but that's actually misleading: though the first part is composed of questions of varying difficulty, the second part, answering those questions, explains the significance of tiny details in Austen's novels, and is the reason why you'd actually want to buy it.

The readings do occasionally suffer from being a little glib and simplistic, but the book is both entertaining and useful. It's written in a very accessible style and would be a stimulating read for fans of Austen novels, as well as really helpful for students learning to decipher the sometimes complex subtext of Austen's writing.

Do note that the Juvenilia and minor novels are excluded, which undermine the sensitivity of some of the readings, but on most points you're in safe hands with Deirdre Le Faye, the ultimate authority on all things Austen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars handy for quiz night 21 Dec 2009
Bought this because I was running a Jane Austen quiz and it was much easier than starting from scratch myself and at least I had a reference source to back up my quiz answers should anyone ask. The quizzes run from not exactly easy to pretty tricky, so be warned if you expect the questions to be like "Who did Elizabeth Bennett marry?" then that's not going to happen in this book. Definitely a book for people who have read the books, not just watched the BBC adaptations. You don't have to be a Janeite/Austenite, but do you need some knowledge. I enjoyed the quizzes personally and found some of them challenging.
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By San Diego surfer VINE VOICE
This quizbook genuinely tests knowledge on the novels. There are four levels, the easiest Level 1 tests basic knowledge but by the time you have got to Level 4, interpretative and some speculative answers are required.

A real challenge, much better than those simplistic quizzes which test one on questions such as "What is the name of the heroine of Mansfield Park?" for instance. This book helped to further my knowledge of Austen in an extremely enjoyable and fun way. I recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Test your knowledge of Jane Austen books 26 Jun 2007
By Beth White - Published on Amazon.com
Defininately for any Jane Austen buff. This quizbook is broken down into 4 levels ascending difficult questions per each of Jane Austen's 6 books. The first level, "Brass Tacks", contains purely fact based questions.

For example in Sense and Sensibility, 'what are Willoughby's last words to Elinor?'

The second level, "Factual but Tricky", contains slightly harder fact based questions.

Such as in Emma, 'why does Harriet hate Italian singing?'

The book says that the third level, "Very Tricky--and Occasionally Deductive," 'approaches mastermind difficulty in terms of factual reference and involvees some interpretative deduction as well.'

For example, in Pride and Prejudice, 'why does Elizabeth take such a tender interest in Jane's marriage affairs, and so little in those of her younger sisters?'

Last but not least, the fourth level questions, "The Interpretative Zone", are mostly deduction and spectulation.

One of these questions in the Persuasion section is 'We learn, in the last pages, that William Elliot has been playing a very cunning double game. What is that game, and why is he playing it?'

Then the answers to these questions are in the back of the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book for Jane Austen Lovers! 9 May 2008
By Madame Martha - Published on Amazon.com
Great book! It really makes you think deep regarding the charachters motives behind their actions, that are not neccesarily evident in the reading. It really tests your knowledge about the history as well. It is definitely worth buying.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Janeites Alert! 9 May 2008
By Karen L. Field - Published on Amazon.com
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If you think you know Jane Austen's works in depth, take these quizzes and see what you've missed. I was surprised at how many things I didn't remember and I'm a true Janeite!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Fun 23 April 2006
By Barbara Neves - Published on Amazon.com
If you love Jane Austen's work as much as I do, then this is a nice way to spend your time testing your perception of her novels and even seeing things you may not have noticed before. I do not recommend it to those students who like to read notes instead of the actual work, they'll surely end up just memorizing facts and not really getting to know the work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Feb 2014
By M. K - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so glad I found this book, I do suggest it for anyone who truly wishes to seriously learn salient points about Austen's work. Very informative and well written.
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