Where does Jane live, and with whom? (Ch.1-3)
Jane lives at Gateshead hall with her aunt through marriage, Mrs. Reed, and her three cousins, John, Eliza, and Georgiana
What is her status, and how is she treated? (Ch. 1-3)
Jane is an orphan. She is treated very cruelly by Mrs. Reed and her children.
Why is Jane off reading alone? (Ch. 1-3)
Mrs. Reed will not let Jane sit with the family.
Where is she sitting? (Ch. 1-3)
Jane is sitting on a window seat in the breakfast room.
What happens between Jane and John? (Ch. 1-3)
John throws a book at Jane, causing her head to bleed.
What is Jane’s reaction to being hit with the book? (Ch. 1-3)
Jane hits John back and screams that he is “a wicked and cruel boy.”
How do we know that Mrs. Reed is an unkind woman? (Ch. 1-3)
Mrs. Reed ejects Jane from the family circle, banishes her to the Red Room, and refuses to let her out when she sobs.
How does Jane behave in the Red Room? (Ch. 1-3)
Jane reacts by working herself into a fit.
Why does Jane imagine a ghost or spirit? (Ch. 1-3)
The Red Room is the room where Jane’s uncle, Mr. Reed, has died. Jane also sees a light on the ceiling.
How do we learn about Jane’s appearance? (Ch. 1-3)
Both Bessie and Miss Abbot discuss Jane’s plainness, and Jane compares herself unfavorably to her beautiful cousin Georgiana.
How does Jane spend her last few months at Gateshead Hall? (Ch. 4-6)
Jane continues to be excluded from the family’s activities even during the Christmas holiday season.
What is Mr. Brocklehurst’s attitude toward Jane? (Ch. 4-6)
Mr. Brocklehurst admonishes Jane for being naughty and reminds her that the wicked go to hell.
What does Mrs. Reed tell Mr. Brocklehurst about Jane? (Ch. 4-6)
Mrs. Reed tells Mr. Brocklehurst that Jane has a tendency to deceit.
Why does Jane become upset at Mrs. Reed’s statement? (Ch. 4-6)
Jane becomes very upset because she knows herself to be an utterly truthful person.
What are the conditions at the Lowood School? (Ch. 4-6)
At Lowood, the rooms were dark and cold, the meals were not nutritious, and basically inedible, and the treatment by most of the teachers was cruel.
How would you characterize Miss Scatcherd? (Ch. 4-6)
Miss Scatcherd is a mean woman who consistently picks on Helen Burns and then beats her.
Why does Jane think Helen Burns is approachable? (Ch. 4-6)
Jane realizes that she and Helen have a love of reading in common.
What shocks Jane about Helen? (Ch. 4-6)
Jane is shocked that Helen is not resentful toward the people who are mean to her.
How does Bronte use Helen as a symbol of Christian love? (Ch. 4-6)
Helen recites Christ’s teachings and honestly lives by his words.
How does Jane react to Helen’s pious beliefs? (Ch. 4-6)
Jane says it would be impossible for her to love Mrs. Reed or John Reed.
What are the conditions at Lowood during the winter months? (Ch. 7-10)
The children are half starved and sent out in the cold without warm clothing, and they must walk two miles to and from church on Sundays.
How does Mr. Brocklehurst humiliate Jane? (Ch. 7-10)
Mr. Brocklehurst tells the whole school that Jane is a liar, and instructs the students to shun her.
Upon whom does Jane rely on for love and affection? (Ch. 7-10)
Helen Burns and Miss Temple give Jane some of the love she needs.
What happens at Lowood that changes the whole atmosphere? (Ch. 7-10)
Most of the girls become sick with typhus, and Mr. Brockle-hurst is dismissed.
How does Jane react after Miss Temple proves she is not a liar? (Ch. 7-10)
Jane excels at her studies, and takes up French and drawing.
How does Helen view her impending death? (Ch. 7-10)
Helen accepts her death and looks forward to being in God’s care.
What happens to Jane during her last eight years at Lowood? (Ch. 7-10)
Jane settles into the routine and eventually becomes a teacher.
Why does Jane decide to leave Lowood? (Ch. 7-10)
After Miss Temple marries, Jane realizes she is ready for a change.
How does she find other employment? (Ch. 7-10)
Jane puts an advertisement in the newspaper requesting a position as a teacher.
What news does Bessie bring her? (Ch. 7-10)
Bessie tells Jane that the Reed girls are not as intelligent as she, and that John is a disappointment to his mother. She also tells Jane that her uncle, John Eyre, had been looking for her several years earlier.
How did Jane first meet Mr. Rochester? (Ch. 11-15)
Jane meets Mr. Rochester on the road when his horse slips on the ice.
Describe Mrs. Fairfax’s personality. (Ch. 11-15)
Mrs. Fairfax is a warm and friendly person. She is very happy to have Jane join the staff at Thornfield.
Explain Jane’s identification with Adele. (Ch. 11-15)
Jane likes Adele immediately, but cares even more for her when she finds out that she is an orphan like herself.
What is Jane’s mood when Mr. Rochester comes home? (Ch. 11-15)
Jane is feeling rather bored and restless.
What intrigues Mr. Rochester about Jane? (Ch. 11-15)
Mr. Rochester is fascinated by her strength and honesty.
What do Jane and Mr. Rochester think about each other’s appearance? (Ch. 11-15)
Jane does not think Rochester handsome, and he thinks Jane to be plain.
Why does Jane think Grace Poole odd? (Ch. 11-15)
She believes her to be the person with the strange laugh and the one who started the fire.
Explain the circumstances that ended the relationship between Celine Varens and Mr.
Rochester. (Ch. 11-15)
Rochester. (Ch. 11-15)
Celine brought another man to her bedroom, and Mr. Rochester overheard them discussing him in a negative way.
Why is Jane’s knowledge of French important to her now? (Ch. 11-15)
Adele speaks mostly French and very little English.
How does Jane react to having her hand held by Mr. Rochester? (Ch. 11-15)
Jane cannot sleep for the rest of the night, and describes herself as feeling feverish.
What effect has Mr. Rochester had on Jane? (Ch. 16-19)
Jane admits to loving Rochester.
Why does she want to suppress her feelings? (Ch. 16-19)
She believes she cannot compete with Blanche Ingram, who is described as being beautiful, and socially prominent.
How does Jane react to Mr. Mason? (Ch. 16-19)
Jane takes an immediate dislike to him.
Why is she so curious about Grace Poole? (Ch. 16-19)
Believing Grace to be the person who caused the fire, and who mysteriously laughs, Jane does not understand why Grace is allowed to get away with her behavior.
What does she observe about Blanche? (Ch. 16-19)
After observing Blanche interact with the other guests, Jane concludes that she is a phony, and that Mr. Rochester could not possibly love her. She assumes it is a political arrangement.
How does Rochester try to keep Jane involved in the festivities? (Ch. 16-19)
Rochester insists on her attendance at the events, and asks where she is going when she attempts to leave.
What does he observe about her feelings? (Ch. 16-19)
He tells her she looks depressed, though Jane denies it.
How do we know Jane is more clever than the other guests? (Ch. 16-19)
Jane recognizes Rochester under the gypsy costume, although he apparently fooled the rest of the guests.
What reaction does Rochester have when he learns that Richard Mason has arrived? (Ch. 16-19)
He becomes very distressed and leans on Jane for support.
What is the significance of Jane being able to support Rochester, again? (Ch. 16-19)
This gesture represents his growing emotional need for her, and Jane’s constant presence as his helper.
What is the added mystery in this chapter? (Ch. 20-22)
Richard Mason is attacked by someone in the attic.
How is Rochester’s behavior contradictory? (Ch. 20-22)
Rochester intimates his love for Jane, but proceeds with his plans to marry Blanche.
What has happened to John Reed? (Ch. 20-22)
John Reed apparently drank himself into debt, eventually using up his mother’s money as well. The rumor is that he killed himself.
What important information does Mrs. Reed tell Jane? (Ch. 20-22)
Mrs. Reed tells Jane of her uncle, John Eyre, who three years earlier sought to make Jane his heir. Mrs. Reed told him that Jane had died of typhus at Lowood.
Who is with Mrs. Reed when she dies? (Ch. 20-22)
Nobody is with Mrs. Reed, she dies alone.
How is the attacker described by Richard Mason? (Ch. 20-22)
Richard Mason describes his attacker as an animal who bit him and sucked his blood.
What becomes of Georgiana and Eliza Reed? (Ch. 20-22)
Georgiana goes on to make a prestigious match, and Eliza enters the convent.
How does Jane feel when she is approaching Thornfield Hall? (Ch. 20-22)
She is extremely excited about seeing Rochester again; she talks about how she had never felt like this, as if she were coming home.
What does she blurt out to Rochester? (Ch. 20-22)
She tells Rochester that anywhere he is, is her home.
How does Jane describe him? (Ch. 20-22)
She describes him as being very happy.
Where and at what time of the year and day does Rochester’s proposal take place? (Ch. 23-25)
It is mid-summer when Rochester proposes. They are in the orchard at night.
What prompts him to propose? (Ch. 23-25)
Jane passionately reveals her true feelings, calling them “equals.”
How does Jane react at first? (Ch. 23-25)
Jane is shocked; she thinks he is just playing a joke on her.
Why are they forced to run into the house after the proposal? (Ch. 23-25)
A violent thunderstorm breaks out, so they run into the house.
How does Jane respond to Rochester’s offer of jewels and fancy clothes? (Ch. 23-25)
She tells him it would not become her, she would not be “Jane Eyre.”
What warning does Mrs. Fairfax give Jane? (Ch. 23-25)
Mrs. Fairfax warns Jane that “all is not gold that glitters.”
How do Jane’s fears show up in her dreams? (Ch. 23-25)
She dreams once more of an infant and sees Thornfield Hall in ruins.
Who wakes Jane from her fitful sleep? (Ch. 23-25)
The mad, mystery woman enters Jane’s room.
What happens to the chestnut tree? (Ch. 23-25)
The tree is split in two by a lightning bolt.
Where does Jane sleep on the eve of her wedding? (Ch. 23-25)
Jane spends the night with Adele, and is unable to sleep.
How is the wedding ceremony interrupted? (Ch. 26-27)
A lawyer, Mr. Briggs, reads a letter stating that Rochester had already been married.
What is the relationship between Richard Mason and Bertha Rochester? (Ch. 26-27)
They are sister and brother.
Where is the Mason family from? (Ch. 26-27)
The Mason family is from the West Indies.
How did Rochester come to marry Bertha? (Ch. 26-27)
The marriage was arranged by his father.
How many years ago were they married? (Ch. 26-27)
They were married fifteen years ago.
What secret was kept from Rochester about the Mason family? (Ch. 26-27)
There was a secret history of madness and insanity in the family.
How does John Eyre figure in this chapter? (Ch. 26-27)
It was a letter from John Eyre to Richard Mason that prompted Richard’s appearance at the wedding.
What is the solution Rochester offers to Jane? (Ch. 26-27)
Rochester first suggests she be his mistress, and then suggests they marry and move to the south of France.
What hastens Jane’s retreat from Thornfield Hall? (Ch. 26-27)
Jane has a dream where she hears her mother telling her to flee.
How do we know this has been a devastating experience for Jane? (Ch. 26-27)
Jane’s description of her tremendous struggle with her decision, and her description of how painful it will
be for her to leave Rochester is evidence of her devastation.
be for her to leave Rochester is evidence of her devastation.
What is the name of the house where the Rivers family lives? (Ch. 28-29)
The Rivers family lives at Marsh End, or Moor House.
What happened to Jane when she first came to town? (Ch. 28-29)
She begs for food and money, but is not offered any help.
How did Hannah react to Jane? (Ch. 28-29)
Hannah leaves her outside in the rain.
Was Moor House similar to Thornfield Hall? (Ch. 28-29)
No, Moor House is a modest house, with small rooms, and homey but simple furnishings.
How did the Rivers family decide to let Jane stay? (Ch. 28-29)
After observing her, they retreat to another room to discuss her in private, then return and bring her to bed.
What did they surmise about Jane’s background? (Ch. 28-29)
They think she dresses well, and is educated because of the way she speaks.
Why does Jane choose an alias? (Ch. 28-29)
She doesn’t want to explain about her experience at Thorn-field Hall.
What are the occupations of St. John Rivers, and his sisters, Diana and Mary? (Ch. 28-29)
St. John is a minister, and Diana and Mary are governesses.
How does St. John Rivers describe Jane? (Ch. 28-29)
He refers to her as a “half-frozen bird,” and “not at all handsome.”
What are Jane’s observations of St. John Rivers? (Ch. 28-29)
She describes him as being handsome, but bland in personality.
What do the Rivers sisters have in common with Jane? (Ch. 30-31)
They all love reading, and are well educated.
Why does Jane admire Diana? (Ch. 30-31)
She admires her strength and leadership qualities.
What is Jane’s observation of St. John? (Ch. 30-31)
She thinks him cold, and lacking in passion.
What, and where, is Jane’s new home? (Ch. 30-31)
Jane’s new home is a cottage on the grounds of the school.
Who are her pupils? (Ch. 30-31)
Jane’s pupils are mostly poor, uneducated children of farmers.
Who dies and leaves the Rivers family a small inheritance? (Ch. 30-31)
Their “Uncle John” leaves the Rivers family a small inheritance upon his death.
How does Jane describe Miss Oliver? (Ch. 30-31)
Jane describes Miss Oliver as a “perfect beauty.”
What is Miss Oliver’s connection to the school? (Ch. 30-31)
Miss Oliver is the benefactress of the school.
Who is Mr. Oliver? (Ch. 30-31)
Mr. Oliver is Miss Oliver’s father; the sole rich man in the town of Morton.
How does St. John react to Miss Oliver? (Ch. 30-31)
Jane observes him blushing in Miss Oliver’s presence, and realizes that he is in love with Miss Oliver.
How has Jane’s status changed? (Ch. 32-33)
She is now regarded with respect by the towns-people.
What does she observe about St. John Rivers and Rosamond Oliver? (Ch. 32-33)
St. John and Miss Oliver are attracted to each other.
What does Mr. Oliver tell Jane? (Ch. 32-33)
Mr. Oliver tells Jane that he would not oppose a match between his daughter and St. John.
How are Jane’s dreams different from her days? (Ch. 32-33)
Her days are quiet and orderly, and her dreams are excited and passionate.
Why does Miss Oliver like Jane? (Ch. 32-33)
Miss Oliver respects Jane’s mind and talent.
How does Jane shock St. John? (Ch. 32-33)
Jane shocks St. John by telling him, “you tremble and become flushed when ever Miss Oliver enters the
What language is Jane studying? (Ch. 32-33)
Jane is studying German.
How does St. John feel about Rosamond Oliver? (Ch. 32-33)
He loves her, but does not think she is suited to missionary life.
What does St. John do with Jane’s paper? (Ch. 32-33)
He tears off a piece of a paper she is leaning on while painting.
What is Jane’s reaction to St. John’s attention to her paper? (Ch. 32-33)
She dismisses it as unimportant.
What time of year is it? (Ch. 34-35)
It is Christmas time.
How did Jane prepare Moor House for Diana’s and Mary’s return? (Ch. 34-35)
Jane cleaned and redecorated the house.
Why does St. John want to marry Jane? (Ch. 34-35)
He thinks Jane would make a good missionary wife.
Why does she refuse him? (Ch. 34-35)
She knows he doesn’t love her, and she doesn’t love him.
What did Diana think of this idea? (Ch. 34-35)
Diana agreed with Jane, that missionary life would not be for her, but she says that St. John is a good man.
How does Jane constantly describe St. John? (Ch. 34-35)
St. John is described as extremely cold and unfeeling.
What happened to Rosamond Oliver? (Ch. 34-35)
Miss Oliver married someone else.
What does Jane say when St. John asks her if she will look for Mr. Rochester? (Ch. 34-35)
Jane tells St. John she must find out what happened to Rochester.
What stops Jane from giving in to St. John’s request? (Ch. 34-35)
She hears Rochester call her name.
What does Jane say when she hears Rochester calling her name? (Ch. 34-35)
“I am coming, wait for me! Oh, I will come.”
Why does Jane go to look for Rochester? (Ch. 36-38)
She can’t stop thinking or dreaming about him.
What stops her, at the last minute, from giving in to St. John? (Ch. 36-38)
She hears Rochester’s voice calling her name.
How does Diana react to knowing that Jane turned down St. John’s proposal? (Ch. 36-38)
Diana supports Jane, recognizing St. John’s faults, but calling him a “good man.”
How does Jane find Thornfield Hall? (Ch. 36-38)
Thornfield Hall is burned to the ground.
Where does she stay? (Ch. 36-38)
Jane stays at the Rochester Arms Inn, where The Host informs her of Rochester’s fate.
What does The Host tell Jane? (Ch. 36-38)
Rochester is blind and maimed; Bertha has died in the fire she started.
What is Rochester’s reaction to having Jane come back to him? (Ch. 36-38)
He cannot be more passionate about his feelings. He reacts jealousy to St. John and is worried that Jane will
not love his deformed body.
not love his deformed body.
What mystical occurrence does Rochester describe? (Ch. 36-38)
He called out for Jane in the middle of the night, and he heard “a voice” answer him.
How has Rochester’s philosophy changed? (Ch. 36-38)
Rochester has a new faith in God, and openly prays.
What becomes of Diana, Mary, and St. John Rivers? (Ch. 36-38)
Diana marries a sea-captain, Mary marries a clergyman, and they visit every year. St. John stays in India
and Jane fears he will be with God soon.
and Jane fears he will be with God soon.