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Emma Quiz Answers

  1. What did the Westons name their daughter?

    Anna, presumably after her momma.

  2. What is the name of the Churchill's estate?


  3. What was Mr. Bates' profession?

    Vicar, clergyman, parson - I accepted all three variations.

  4. Of whom can it be said: "She loved everybody, was interested in everybody's happiness, quick-sighted to everybody's merit, thought herself a most fortunate creature..."

    Miss Bates

  5. Harriet mentions two books to Robert Martin which he had never heard of before, but promises to read. Name one of them, and for a one point bonus, name the author.

    Romance of the Forest by Anne Radcliffe or The Children of the Abbey by Regina Maria Roche.

  6. What is Mr. Perry's profession?

    Apothecary. Doctor was another answer I accepted.

  7. Answer Mr. Elton's two riddles.

    court-ship and woe-man (woman)

  8. Where does Mr. Elton meet Miss Hawkins?

    Baath ;-)

  9. What action does Emma take to get out of the way when she and Harriet walk past Mr. Elton's parsonage?

    She stops to fool with her shoelace so that she can lag behind 'em, then breaks it as an excuse to get them alone in the house while she wastes ten minutes chattering with the housekeeper in another room.

  10. Who tires Emma to death?

    If we go by the quotation that inspired the question, then Jane Fairfax: "I wish Jane Fairfax very well; but she tires me to death." The question was confusing, however, because we failed to include the quotation marks. Quotation aside, I accepted Miss Bates on the "tiring" score, and Jane Fairfax on the "boring" score, for those who felt "tires" implies the term "bores."

  11. What is Mr. Woodhouse's favourite dish?

    Gruel, gruel, gruel.

  12. How does Mr. Elton get Emma alone?

    Quite by accident. Since John follows isabella - quite naturally but by mistake - into the first carriage, that leaves Emma alone with Mr. Elton in the second.

  13. Where did Frank Churchill meet Jane Fairfax, and it what month?

    Weymouth, October

  14. What is the name of Highbury's principal shop?


  15. What was Frank Churchill's heroic act?

    Saving Harriet from the gipsies

  16. Who made up the Box Hill Party?

    The Eltons, Jane, Miss Bates, Mr. Weston, Frank, Emma, Harriet, Mr. Knightley. Mrs. Weston and Mr. Woodhouse stayed behind.

  17. Name the loves of Harriet Smith.

    Robert Martin, Mr. Elton, Mr. Knightley, Robert Martin

  18. What does Mrs. Elton call her husband?

    Mr. E or "Caro Sposo"

  19. What makes Emma realise she loves Mr. Knightley?

    Harriet's admission that she loves Mr. Knightley and feels that he returns her affection.

  20. How does Mr. Knightley come to know he loves Emma?

    His jealousy of Frank's attentions to her, and her apparent regard for Frank.

  21. What did Harriet's father do?

    He was in trade - a merchant.

  22. What do the alphabets that Frank Churchill places in front of Jane Fairfax read? For a one-point bonus, what does the last, unread puzzle spell?

    Blunder, Dixon, Pardon (the last puzzle isn't in the book - the answer was supposedly imparted by Austen to her family)

  23. Who sponsors the ball? Where is it held?

    Mr. Weston, at the Crown Inn

  24. Name three major omissions in one, two, or each of the three adaptations.

    There are numerous possibilities here. Pretty much everyone got all the points.

  25. What color are Emma's eyes?

    True Hazel

  26. According to ______, Emma is the picture of ______ ______.

    Mrs. Weston, grown-up health

  27. What malady strikes Harriet Smith just before the Christmas party?

    A putrid sore throat

  28. What are the names of the pieces sung in duet by Emma and Frank in both Emma2 and Emma3?

    Silent Worship and Father, Father, Build Me a Boat

  29. What is the name of Mr. Knightley's property manager?

    William Larkins

  30. Where do the Martins live?

    Abbey Mill Farm

  31. Where do the Westons live?


  32. How old was Emma when her mother died?

    Around five, as indicated by the arrival time of Miss Taylor. "Her mother had died too long ago for her to have more than a distant remembrance of her caresses, and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess..."

  33. What is the age difference between Isabella and Emma? How old are they in the book?

    Emma is nearly 21, and, indicated by Mr. Knightley's statement that "at ten years old, she had the misfortune of being able to answer questions which puzzled her sister at seventeen," Isabella is twenty-seven, possibly nearing twenty-eight.

  34. How old is Harriet? Mr. Elton? Mr. Knightley? Frank?

    Harriet is supposed to be around seventeen, Mr. Elton six-and-twenty, Mr. Knightley thirty-seven or thirty-eight, and Frank twenty-three.

  35. Why do Frank and Jane keep their engagement secret?

    Frank's aunt and guardian - who is very ill - will certainly oppose the match. There is the fear that she would disinherit him as a consequence.

  36. What was Mr. Weston's piece of "indifferent wit" offered at Box Hill?

    "What to letters of the alphabet are there, that express perfection? ...M and A - Em-ma..."

  37. When he arrives at Donwell for the strawberry outing, where does Frank express interest in going - and in doing?

    To Switzerland - to "expose" himself. No! Not that kind of exposure - something about poetry and the like...

  38. How long was Miss Taylor at Hartfield?

    16 years

  39. Name two books mentioned in the novel other that the one you used in the previous quiz.

    Lots of Options here - The Vicar of Wakefield, The Children of the Abbey, The Romance of the Forest, Romeo and Juliet, &c. !

  40. How long has Emma been meaning to read more?

    Since age 12 (NOT age fourteen) - see chapter V.

  41. How many nieces and nephews does Emma have? For an extra point per name, what are their names?

    She has five - Henry, John, Bella, George, Emma. Three nephews, two nieces.

  42. In which part of London do the Mr. John Knightleys reside?

    Brunswick Square

  43. Why does Emma feel she will never be like Miss Bates if she chooses to remain single?

    " is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public!"

  44. What favour did Frank Churchill do for Mrs. Bates? What favor did he do for Jane on the same visit?

    He fixes the rivet on her spectacle, and evens the legs of Jane's pianoforte with a wedge of paper.

  45. What rank was Jane Fairfax's father, and in what branch of service?

    He was a lieutenant in the army

  46. What rank was Mr. Weston, and in what branch of service?

    He was a captain in the militia

  47. Where does Mr. Elton stay while in Bath?

    White Hart

  48. With what does Mr. Knightley gift the Bateses?

    "Apples" was the answer I was looking for.

  49. Where do the Bateses live?

    In Highbury, in a house belonging "to people in business. Miss Bates occupied the drawing-room floor." This indicates a lower floor - NOT a second floor apartment as shown in Emma3.

  50. Who is the Bates' maid?


  51. Where was Mrs. Churchill when she died?


  52. How many years has it been since Frank Churchill has spent time at his father's home?

    About twenty one years, as his mother died three years after her marriage to Mr. Weston - upon her death, he went to live with his aunt and uncle in yorkshire.

  53. Who was at the Weston's wedding party? What notable personage was absent?

    The Woodhouses and Mr. Elton are the only ones we KNOW for certain were there. Mr. Knightley was not.

  54. Name two key words which are repeated with regularity throughout the novel.

    Blunder and blindness are my favorites. There are others that work, however.

  55. What notable personage is erroneously absent from the Box Hill Scene in Emma1?

    Mr. Elton

  56. Who first warns Emma about Mr. Elton's true motives?

    John Knightley is the first to state that Mr. Elton was actually after Emma, but Mr. Knightley himself first warns Emma that Mr. Elton "will not do" for Harriet. Both answers are acceptable.

  57. With whom does Mrs. Elton offer Jane Fairfax a position?

    Firstly, with Mrs. Bragge. But the final position is with Mr. Smallridge. That was the answer I wanted.

  58. Where did the alphabets scene take place?


  59. To whom did Austen dedicate the novel, and why?

    The Prince Regent, because he was a big fan of her novels and wanted her to dedicate a book to him.

  60. Where was the Churchills' home located? At which other places do they reside during the story?

    Enscombe is in Yorkshire. They also have a place at Richmond, and they remove to Windsor upon Mrs. Churchill's death. Presumably, they also have a house in London as well, but that wasn't a place they hang out during the story.

  61. Using Emma's exact words, what did Mr. Knightley see in Mr. Elton which Emma wished she had seen herself?

    .."a littleness about him..."

  62. How old was Emma when she first "set up" the Westons?

    Sixteen - four years earlier

  63. In what month did Frank first come to Highbury?


  64. Where do Emma and Mr. Knightley go for their "honeymoon"?

    To the sea.

  65. What were Mrs. Goddard's students in no danger of returning home as?


  66. Who is Serle? Who is Wingfield?

    Hartfield's cook, Isabella's apothecary

  67. Which favorite book of Harriet's had Robert Martin read? What material does Mr. Martin usually read?

    The Vicar of Wakefield, the Agricultural Reports

  68. Name three male characters who journey from Highbury to London.

    Frank, John, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Elton

  69. How many pounds make up "an independent fortune, of so many pound?" What was Emma's fortune? Miss Hawkins'?

    5K, 30K, " much as always to be called ten."

  70. On what date did the Box Hill Picnic take place? Bonus - give the reason why this date is of particular significance to one member of the party.

    June 24, which is Midsummer, and also the day after Harriet's birthday!

  71. At which seaside town did Isabella Knightley's family spend their autumn vacation?

    South End

  72. In which month does Emma marry Mr. Knightley? Harriet Robert Martin, Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill?

    October, September, November

  73. How long have the Coles resided in Highbury?

    They have "been settled some years in Highbury."

  74. What is Frank's full name?

    Frank (Francis) Churchill Weston Churchill

  75. Give the first names of:

    Miss Bates - Hetty

    Mrs. Fairfax - Jane

    Mr. Woodhouse - Henry

    The lawyer-son of the Coxes' - William, like his daddy

    Mr. Elton - Philip

    Miss Martin (the eldest) - Elizabeth

  76. What food product comprised Mr. Martin's gift to Harriet?


  77. What gift did Emma send to the distraught Jane Fairfax?


  78. According to Emma, from which family comes, "without exception, the most vulgar girls in Highbury" ?

    The Coxes

  79. What town does Mrs. Elton come from?

    Bath directly, but her family is from Bristol

  80. What was Harriet's keepsake-box wrapped in? What words did Emma find written on Harriet's keepsake-box wrapping? What was inside the box?

    Silver tissue paper, "Most Precious Treasures" (Harriet's name does NOT appear on the box wrapping), a piece of court plaister, and a pencil-end.

  81. When did Mr. Knightley's suspicion regarding Frank and Jane First arise? What occurred just prior to the alphabets scene to make his suspicions grow further?

    At a dinner at the Eltons,' to which Emma had not been invited, he saw Frank give Jane a look quite out of line for one who was supposed to be the admirer of Miss Woodhouse. Just prior to the alphabets scene, Frank let slip the information about Perry's plans for a carriage to which Jane had written him in confidence. He attempted to cover up the mistake by calling it "a dream," but Mr. Knightley immediately connected the disembodied piece of intelligence with Jane Fairfax's supposed knowledge of the information and her reaction at Frank's metioning of it.

  82. Who said:

    "My advice I certainly do feel tempted to give. Miss Fairfax, you must not run such risks." - Mrs. Weston

    "There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." - Mrs. Elton

    "Mrs Dixon! Very true indeed. I had not thought of Mrs. Dixon." - Frank

    "One cannot creep upon a journey; one cannot help getting on faster than one has planned: and the pleasure of coming in upon one's friends before the look-out begins is worth a great deal more than any little exertion it needs." - Mr. Weston

    " very sad it would be to have Jane Fairfax walking home again, late at night, and cold as the nights are now." - Frank

    "The public pays and must be served well." - John

  83. In what month does Frank Churchill expect to arrive in Highbury? Presumably, with what event is the visit concocted to coincide? When does he actually arrive? How long does he stay, and when does he return?

    First for Christmas, but then January, presumably to coincide with Jane's visit. He actually arrives in February, plans to stay a fortnight (two weeks), but leaves a little early. He returns in May when the Churchills move to Richmond for the summer.

  84. In what year is the novel generally believed to have taken place? (Hint: R.W. Chapman)

    "The present" - probably the year 1813-1814 or 1814-1815, which is when Austen wrote the book (January 1814-March 1815).

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