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English Literature

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Where was Monica Ali born?

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Monica Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Why did Monica Ali leave Bangladesh?

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Monica Ali left Bangladesh with her family because of the civil war that broke out.

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What university did Monica Ali graduate from?


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Oxford University

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How many languages has Monica Ali’s works been translated into?


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26

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Monica Ali opposed the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.


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True. 

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Brick Lane is Monica Ali’s debut novel.


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True.

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Who is the central character in Brick Lane?


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Nazneen.

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How does Nazneen enter the UK?


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She arrives in the UK after her arranged marriage to Chanu.

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The Brick Lane community is predominantly Bengali.


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True. 

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What is the name of the anti-muslim hate group in the Brick Lane novel?


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Lion Hearts

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What year was Nazneen born?

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1967

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How old is Hasina when she elopes?

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16

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Why does Hasina leave her first husband?


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He physically abuses her.

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Why does Chanu leave his civil service job?


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He doesn't believe he will get promoted after he witnesses his white colleague’s progress before him.

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What is the name of the political group that Karim is chairman of?


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The Bengal Tigers

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Why does Chanu borrow money from Mrs. Islam?


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To pay for a sewing machine so Nazneen can work with it.

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What subject does Chanu hold a degree in?


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English literature.

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What are the names of Nazneen’ children?


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 Raqib, Shahana and Bibi.

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Why does Shahana run away from home?


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She doesn't want to go to Bangladesh with Chanu.

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What was Karim's motivation for being a part of the Bengal Tigers?


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Karim was primarily interested in his personal goals and ambitions in relation to his involvement in the Bengal Tigers organization.

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Why was Dr. Azad concerned about the youth in the Brick Lane community?


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There was a growing drug problem among young people in the community.

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How do Hasina and Nazneen communicate with each other?


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Hasina and Nazneen often send each other letters discussing the major news in their lives.

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Why does Hasina have to leave her factory job?


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Rumours spread that Hasina is sleeping with the boss for financial benefit and the factory workers look down on her. 

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Why does Razia start her own business?


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After the death of her husband Razia has no source of income, so she uses her initiative and starts a sewing business.

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How does Rubpan die?


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She dies by committing suicide, which is revealed in a letter from Hasina to Nazneen.

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Where and when was Charlotte Brontë born?

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Charlotte Brontë was born on 21 April 1816 in a little village in West Yorkshire, known as Thornton.

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What year was the most tragic in Brontë's life?

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1848

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What year did the Brontë sisters release their joint poetry collection?

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In 1845 she, Anne, and Emily wrote a joint collection of poems titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. 

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What was Charlotte Brontë’s pen name and why did she need one?


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In the 1800s it was not common for women to write literature, therefore she wrote under a male pseudonym, Currer Bell. Posing as a male author gave her a greater chance of her works being published. 



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What does the bird imagery in the following quote from Jane Eyre (1847) tell us about Charlotte Brontë’s views on how women were treated in the 1800s? 


‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will’.


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By using the imagery of a bird, she alludes to how women feel encaged by male patriarchs in their marriages and families, and she also draws on connotations of ownership. The notion of a bird being in a cage, aside from the obvious suggestion of restricted agency, suggests the bird is owned by someone. 



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What is a Bildungsroman and which Brontë novel falls under this category? 


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A Bildungsroman is a novel that follows a character from childhood to adulthood. Jane Eyre (1847) is a Bildungsroman.



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What does the chestnut tree symbolize in Jane Eyre?

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When the chestnut tree splits in the thunderstorm, it foreshadows the divide of Rochester and Jane on their wedding day. When it is in full bloom with green leaves in a beautiful garden, it reflects Jane's ecstasy surrounding their union. 

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How are Shirley and Caroline different?


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Caroline and Shirley live contrasting lives. Caroline is reserved and poor, and Shirley is lively, independent, and rich. 

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The success of the novel Shirley caused many people to name their children Caroline. 


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False. 



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Why does Brontë blend genres in her writing?


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Brontë blends multiple genres in her work which is what makes it so interesting. They also allow her to touch on multiple themes, such as love and loss, religion and morals, and family. 

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What does the following quote from Shirley (1849) reveal about the treatment of women in the 1800s?


‘At heart, he could not abide sense in women: he liked to see them as silly, as light-headed, as vain, as open to ridicule as possible; because they were then in reality what he held them to be, and wished them to be, - inferior: toys to play with, to amuse a vacant hour and to be thrown away’. 

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The phrasing 'toys to play with' nods towards the objectification of women and highlights the way women were expected to live to serve men as their wives. She even goes as far a saying that men like women with little substance and independent will, as it allows them to use women in the way they desire without protest.

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What are key themes central to Brontë's well-known works? 


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The themes central to Brontë's well-known works are love and marriage, family, education, death, morality, and religion.

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Villette is believed by some scholars to be influenced by Brontë's travels to Brussels and her experience with Constantin Héger.


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True. 

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Charlotte Brontë's personality was entirely different from her fictional characters. 


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False. 

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What do some critics argue Bertha is a representation of?


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Many critics have argued that Bertha is a representation of Jane's inner feelings and frustrations towards the patriarchal system and the subordinate position of women in society. 



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What does this quote from Charlotte's favorite poet Robert Southey say about society's attitudes to women (particularly female writers) in the 1800s?

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Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be. 


This quote reveals that Men, and society generally, did not believe literature should be 'the business of a woman's life' no matter the quality of her work. 

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What are the five main themes of Jane Eyre?

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The five main themes of Jane Eyre are Love, religion, morals, social inequality, and home / a sense of belonging. They are large themes with subcategories within them.

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What does Mrs Fairfax believe are some barriers to Jane and Rochester's marriage being successful?


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Mrs Fairfax notes that Jane and Rochester are different in their 'equality of position' meaning they are from different classes, and they have differing financial situations. Lastly, Mrs Fairfax appears to disapprove of the age gap between the pair. 

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How is marriage presented in Jane Eyre and how is it different to conventional literature at the time?


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Rather than marriage being a necessity allowing women to fulfill their destiny, it is presented as something that enhances women's lives, rather than completes them. 

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Which two characters particularly demonstrate that you do not need male companionship to be happy?


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Diana and Mary, represent the ability for women to live fulfilled lives without husbands. Neither of them are married but they live and happy and content life in the woods, supporting each other and teaching children.

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What does the quote 'Reader, I married him' tell us about Jane and Rochester's marriage / Brontë's perception of marriage?


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The phrasing 'I married him', places Jane in a position of liberty and power, as an active presence in the marriage, as it was her decision to marry him. This contrasts the conventional representation of marriage in which women are passive objects passed from the possession of their father to their husband. 

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How does Jane's early life at Gateshead affect her throughout the rest of the text?


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The trauma she undergoes at Gateshead, such as being a victim of spite inflicted by her own family, foregrounds the novel in struggle and lays the foundations for Jane's consistent perseverance throughout the text.

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What are the 5 conventions of the gothic genre mentioned in this article?


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The main characteristics of the gothic genre are: Supernatural / inexplicable events, castle setting, gloomy weather, haunting past, and death. 

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True or false: Jane Eyre is regarded as the first gothic novel.


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False. Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole, was declared the first-ever gothic text.

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How does the past haunt Jane in the novel?


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Rochester's past (in which he married Bertha) ruins he and Jane's first wedding and puts their relationship at risk. Jane's trauma as a child is carried with her through the text as she struggles to find a place she feels she truly belongs due to never having the safety net of a family.

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