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So You Think You Know Jane Austen?

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How well do you really know your favorite author? In this new book, ace literary detective turned quizmaster John Sutherland and Austen buff Deirdre Le Faye challenge you 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 interpretat ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2005)
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Alice
Mar 14, 2016 Alice rated it it was ok
En achetant ce livre de quizz et de questions, je m'attendais à quelque chose d'assez amusant, à un livre-jeu. En fait, les auteurs nous expliquent qu'il s'agit plus d'une méthode d'analyse et d'apprentissage. Pour chaque oeuvre, quatre niveaux de difficultés nous sont posés et même au premier niveau, il s'agit rarement de répondre par un seul mot ou deux ou alors on nous demande le nom du chien de Willoughby (Folly, by the way). Quant au quatrième niveau, nous sommes carrément dans l'interpréta ...more
Ds
Nov 27, 2016 Ds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ok. Probabilmente è un quiz da fare subito dopo aver riletto i libri. I dettagli minuziosi, come le rendite dei possedimenti o le doti, sfuggono alla mia memoria. Le domande sono abbastanza difficili, soprattutto quelle interpretative (e a volte non sono per niente d'accordo con le risposte fornite), però tutto sommato un buon quiz. L'unica cosa che non mi è piaciuta è che ogni tanto veniva fuori l'opinione molto personale (e poco accademica) degli autori.

Ok. So you should probably read t
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Laura
Apr 16, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Who would have thought answering questions could be this fun? Three levels of questions, from “Did you read?” to “Did you understand?” to “How astute are you?” with very entertaining and insightful answers. Great for all levels of Austen readers.
Andrea Hickman Walker
I would never have believed I could disagree so profoundly with Deirdre le Faye. There are numerous interpretations in this book that I disagree with. There isn't even any space for, 'that's not what I think, but it's possible', most of the time I think the authors are just wrong. Occasionally there is one where I think they're being insightful or suggesting something that I've never thought of. But most of the time, I disagree with their interpretations.
Judine
Jul 23, 2008 Judine rated it really liked it
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While I found the ideas and information presented in this book to be fascinating, I think there were times when the authors were trying too hard to bring something "new" to Austen's works. Some of their readings on the characters (especially Mr. Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice") seemed forced -- and not in keeping with the novel.
Jenny
Sep 15, 2007 Jenny rated it it was amazing
A must-read for...well, you know, I think that's pretty evident. I got this from Helen for my birthday, and I later used it on a long car trip with Allie, so all of us Austenites agree that there's much to learn from this book.
Amy
Nov 17, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very entertaining. I really enjoy the different quiz levels for each of the books. I think it's helpful that answers to the questions are included. For the essay type questions, there aren't necessarily right or wrong answers but it's interesting to see what the authors had in mind.
Amy
May 09, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very entertaining. I really enjoy the different quiz levels for each of the books. I think it's helpful that answers to the questions are included. For the essay type questions, there aren't necessarily right or wrong answers but it's interesting to see what the authors had in mind.
Karen
Mar 08, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing
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Fun for all the Janeites. It also give great insight and explains some of the more obscure references.
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Fun quizzes about the great Miss Austen. Some of them are hard!
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John Andrew Sutherland is an English lecturer, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author.

Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, an
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