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1. Where was Jane Austen born?
2. Jane Austen lived her entire life in England and never traveled overseas.
3. When Jane was 25 years old, her father made the sudden decision to retire and remove to a larger city. To which city did the family move? (Hint - this city also features in two of her novels).
4. One of Jane Austen's brothers was adopted by cousins of Mr. Austen. He subsequently changed his surname, as was the custom, in order to inherit their large estate. What was his new name?
5. Jane Austen started writing short stories from the time she was very young. Collectively, what are these short stories now known as?
6. The first published biography of Jane Austen was written by her nephew. What was his name?
7. Jane received a proposal of marriage in 1802 from the younger brother of three of her close friends and the heir to a very good estate. She first accepted, then rejected, the proposal early the next day. Who was the man who made this proposal?
8. Like most women of her time, Jane Austen did not get out into the world for grand adventures. However she had access to the larger world through extensive reading and through her brothers. Two were sailors, one was an officer in the militia who then became a banker in London. Another brother inherited grand estates and all the wealth which went with it. However, another brother lived a quieter life as a clergyman. What was his name?
9. Jane Austen's first love was Tom Lefroy. Mr. Lefroy was a poor law student at the time but in later years become the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.
10. Jane's main interest in her life was writing, but she was interested in many pursuits. Which choices below are a few of her other interests?
11. In Jane's early life a neighboring lady, who was many years older than she, was a very good friend and mentor to her. She died tragically when Jane was 29. Who was this lady?
12. Jane was born during the Georgian period but which period is she most closely linked to?
13. During her life, Jane Austen lived in Steventon, Bath, Southampton, for a short time in Clifton, and finally where?
14. One of the reasons Jane Austen was able to write with such specific detail on the lives of the rich was that she visited her brother Edward's family at his home in Kent quite often. What was the name of this house?
15. Jane Austen had two brothers who achieved eminence in the Royal Navy. They were the subject of a book, "Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers". One brother was Charles who died on board his ship of cholera at the age of 73. The other brother rose to Admiral of the Fleet and was knighted. His name was _________
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