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Question: Which county in England was Austen born in?
Answer: Austen was born in Steventon, England, which is part of Hampshire county, to Reverend George and Cassandra Austen.
Question: Which of Jane Austen’s siblings helped publish two of her novels posthumously?
Answer: After his sister’s death, Henry Austen helped ensure the publication of two of Austen’s novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Question: Austen dedicated Emma to which royal family member?
Answer: Although in one letter Austen described not liking the Prince Regent (later King George IV), she still dedicated one of her novels to him after he requested she do so.
Question: Which novel famously opens with the line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”?
Answer: The opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice gained notoriety for concisely introducing the major themes of the novel and is considered one of the greatest opening lines in literature.
Question: What is the given title for Austen’s final, and unfinished, novel?
Answer: Although the working title for the novel was The Brothers, Austen’s final novel was published under the name Sanditon.
Question: Fact or Fiction: Jane Austen agreed to marry someone but broke this agreement a day later.
Answer: In 1802 Austen received a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither, a wealthy man from her town. Although she initially accepted, she changed her mind the next day and did not marry him.
Question: Which of Austen’s novels inspired the popular 1995 movie Clueless?
Answer: The romantic comedy Clueless updates Austen’s novel by having Beverly Hills serve as the backdrop.
Question: Fact or Fiction: Austen wrote under the pen name “A Lady.”
Answer: Only Austen’s immediate family knew she was the author of her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, which on the title page says it was written “By a Lady.”
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