The final novel by the acclaimed writer places heroine Anne Elliot, a woman of integrity and deep emotion, against the brutality and hypocrisy of Regency England. (From feedbooks.com)
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This Baronetage is the history of Baronets in England. Read the opening sentence of this novel. Sir Walter only reads the Baronetage. What does this say about him as a person? (This annotation contains an image)
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Which word is an appropriate synonym for vanity as it is used in the highlighted passage?
Why is Anne Lady Russell's favorite child?
Why does Sir Walter think to marry off Elizabeth now when she is an "old maid" of twenty-nine?
What conflict is Lady Russell having in her decision to give advice to Sir William?
Why does Anne feel Lady Russell's reductions sound reasonable?
Why does Anne wish for a quiet country home?
Why does Lady Russell prefer that Sir Walter, Elizabeth, and Anne live in Bath?
Why is Mrs. Clay an undesirable friend for Elizabeth?
Why does the navy, or military in general, offend Sir Walter's sensibilities?
Summarize Mrs. Clay's argument for sailors to Sir Walter? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Watch the video below about point of view and cultural perspective. Then consider the narrator's tone when talking about Sir Walter's opinions on the prospective tenants of Kellynch Hall. How does both the point of view and the cultural perspective shape our opinions of the characters? (This annotation contains a video)
Why can't Wentworth and Anne marry?
Watch the video below on theme. Considering the title of the novel, how is "persuasion" a theme? How is Anne persuaded? (This annotation contains a video)
How does Anne feel about being persuaded to refuse the engagement?
How is Anne's situation ironic? (This annotation contains a video)
What does Anne hope will not happen with the Crofts arrival at Kellynch?
What is the Admiral's opinion of Sir Walter?
How does Lady Russell feel about Mrs. Clay accompanying Sir Walter and Elizabeth to Bath?
What is Elizabeth's argument against the idea that Sir Walter and Mrs. Clay are planning to marry?
Which literary device was used to describe Mary's feelings about her illness?
What ails Mary?
What does Anne realize about her family's situation?
According to the highlighted passage, what does Anne decide to do while she is in Uppercross? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Michaelmas is one of four holidays in England that mark the passage of seasons. It is celebrated September 29th. It is named after Saint Michael, who fought Satan and his fallen angels. The holiday is to give families extra protection against evil spirits in the darker days of winter. (This annotation contains a link)
Why is Anne trying to persuade herself that it is not Frederick who is coming to Kellynch?
Why is Anne quick to say she should stay with the injured boy instead of attend the dinner?
How is Charles' decision to go to dinner, despite his son's injury, typical of this time period?
What could Frederick have done to meet Anne? Why is it Frederick's responsibility to take action and not Anne's?
It has been eight years since they last saw each other. Why does his comment affect Anne so?
Why is their current situation worse than being strangers?
Frederick remembers "poor Richard." What is his opinion of him?
Why do Admiral and Mrs Croft believe Frederick will change his mind about women on board ships when he is married?
Chapters 1-8 Quiz
Why does Mary wish Henrietta would marry Captain Wentworth instead of Charles Hayter?
What is the tone of this encounter between Wentworth, Anne, and Charles Hayter?
In Anne's opinion, does Captain Wentworth realize he is the cause of Charles Hayter's pain? Is she a fair judge of the situation?
What was Henrietta's purpose for taking the long walk?
What is Frederick Wentworth's opinion of Mary?
Who is Frederick Wentworth referring to when speaking of the evil of being "too yielding"?
What emotion is Anne experiencing upon eavesdropping on Frederick Wentworth's opinion of her character?
What does Anne fear Lady Russell will see if she witnesses Anne and Captain Wentworth together?
Why does Anne believe Captain Benwick will recover his broken heart?
Why is Anne's discussion with Captain Benwick a good thing?
Why does Henrietta wish Dr. Shirley and his wife would come to live in Lyme?
Why is Mary so excited to be introduced to Mr. Elliot after the history with her family?
What does it say about Frederick Wentworth's character that he rowed out to tell Captain Benwick of his fiancee's death and stayed with him for a week afterwards?
In this case, Louisa refuses to be persuaded to not jump. The consequence of this being that she is severely injured.
Why are Henrietta and Mary initially chosen to return to Uppercross?
Why does Mary believe it is more important to stay instead of Anne?
This highlighted passage refers to a Matthew Prior poem. (This annotation contains a link)
What is ironic about the family dreading Anne's departure?
What is Anne ashamed of?
Why does Lady Russell find the Admiral distasteful while Anne finds him delightful?
Why does Mary lie about the reason that Captain Benwick didn't come to visit?
Why is everyone so vehement in their argument about Captain Benwick?
Why is it important that Mr. Elliot has called on Sir Walter and Elizabeth at Camden House several times?
Why is Anne disappointed in her father and Elizabeth?
Why is Mr. Elliot visiting so often according to Elizabeth and Mrs. Clay?
Which of the following is an antonym for the word alacrity?
How has Lady Russell's opinion of Mr. Elliot changed?
Why is Anne disappointed in the meeting with the Dowager Countess Lady Dalrymple?
Why do Lady Russell and Mr. Elliot insist that Anne continue the acquaintance with Lady Dalrymple?
Chapters 9-16 Quiz
How does the husband's fortune and behavior directly affect the wife after he dies?
In Anne's observation, how does Mrs. Smith survive?
What worries Sir Walter about Anne's friendship with Mrs. Smith?
Why is Anne considering a possible proposal from Mr. Elliot? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
What makes Anne distrust Mr. Elliot?
What news of Captain Benwick does Anne receive?
What is Anne's opinion about the match between Louisa and Captain Benwick?
How is individual perception key to miscommunication in this story?
Below is a picture of a barouche. As you can see, it is stylish, but not very large. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Anne experience these emotions upon seeing Captain Wentworth?
Watch the video below about static and dynamic characters. How would you classify Anne and Captain Frederick Wentworth? How about Lady Russell and Mr. Elliot? (This annotation contains a video)
What is Mrs. Smith referring to?
Why is the show of acknowledgement in the highlighted passage important to Anne?
How could Anne's description of their experience at Lyme relate to their prior relationship?
Why should the information that Mr. Elliot knew of Anne prior to meeting her make her nervous?
Is Frederick Wentworth's reaction a positive or negative event for Anne?
What does Mrs. Smith really see in Anne?
Why is it suspicious that Mrs. Smith has heard that Anne and Mr. Elliot are engaged?
Which literary technique is Mrs. Smith using to describe Mr. Elliot's personality?
What does the letter reveal about Mr. Elliot's desires for Keelynch Hall?
What is Mr. Eliot's primary motive for reintroducing himself to Sir Walter?
Why is Mrs. Smith bitter and vengeful towards Mr. Elliot?
Why does Anne decide to go to Lady Russell before Sir Walter?
In Anne's opinion, why are Mr. Elliot's intentions worse than Mrs. Clay's? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
How has Charles Hayter's fortune benefitted Henrietta?
How does Mrs. Musgrove and Henrietta's welcome affect Anne?
This highlighted passage is one of the first times Anne has spoken her true feelings to others. How does this show she is a dynamic character?
Why does Frederick Wentworth disdain Sir Walter and Elizabeth?
According to Anne, why do women dote on lost loves more than men?
Why does Frederick Wentworth proclaim his feelings so expressively?
Below is the scene where Anne and Wentworth admit their feelings. Re-read the highlighted passage and compare the emotions in the passion with the ones shown in the photo. (This annotation contains an image)
If persuasion is the over-arching theme, what might be another theme within this novel?
What persuades Sir Walter and Elizabeth to support the engagement?
How does fate laugh at Mr. Elliot's attempts to make sure Mrs. Clay didn't earn any of his inheritance?