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Pride and Prejudice Discussion Questions – Silver Petticoat Book Club Guide

A list of downloadable discussion questions for "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

It is the final week of April, so that means it is now time to discuss Pride and Prejudice! To make it easy, we’ve posted downloadable discussion questions for your convenience.

You can use it for your personal use to discuss with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Goodreads. Or you can start your own local chapter of The Silver Petticoat Book Club and discuss it with your friends and/or family. (Read more details on this below.)

We hoped you enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice with us and will join us for the next Silver Petticoat book club pick.

So, here are the Pride and Prejudice discussion questions.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (WARNING – SPOILERS!)

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"Pride and Prejudice" Discussion Questions

A list of discussion questions for "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. The questions were written by Amber and Autumn Topping from The Silver Petticoat Book Club.

Instructions

Click the print button and keep a copy of the discussion questions. You can choose to print or save it as a PDF to your computer. These discussion questions are for personal use only. If you use them, please credit The Silver Petticoat Book Club.

"Pride and Prejudice" Discussion Questions:

1. Did you enjoy “Pride and Prejudice?” Was this your first time reading it? Or have you read it before? If so, what was your experience rereading it? How did it compare to the time(s) you read it before? If you hadn’t read it before, was it what you expected? Or different? If you’re not used to reading classic novels from the 19th century, was it difficult for you to read or understand? Or did you adapt to the language quickly?

2. Why do you think “Pride and Prejudice” continues to be so popular? Do you recognize its influence on books, movies, and television today?

3. What was your favorite part of the book? Your least favorite?

4. Do you have any favorite quotes, chapters, or passages? Share! “Pride and Prejudice” is full of famous quotes for a reason. 😊

5. Initially, Jane Austen called this book “First Impressions.” Why do you think she later changed the title to “Pride and Prejudice?”

6. The first sentence of “Pride and Prejudice” is one of the most well-known in literature. Do you think it sets the tone for the entire novel? Did it hook you and make you want to read more? Why?

•Quote: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

7. What did you think of Mrs. Bennet? Do you see her as a heroine trying to secure good lives for her daughters in harsh times? Or did you read her as annoying, overdramatic, and shallow?

8. While “Pride and Prejudice” has one of the greatest love stories ever written, it’s also considered a social satire. How did Austen use satire and irony to tell the story?

9. What universal themes stood out to you in the novel?

10. What did you think of the first meeting between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth? How did you feel about what she overheard him say?

•QUOTE: “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”

11. “Pride and Prejudice” is full of lively conversations with incredibly written dialogue. Did any conversations between characters stand out to you?

12. Why do you think Charlotte Lucas accepted Mr. Collins’ proposal? Would you have made the same choice or a different one?

13. How did you feel about Mr. Darcy’s first proposal?

14. When do you think Elizabeth’s feelings for Mr. Darcy began to change? When do you think she realized she was in love with him?

15. The character of Mr. Darcy has become the ideal romantic leading man in many ways. Why do you think the Darcy appeal endures? What is it about Mr. Darcy that makes readers fall in love with him?

16. Elizabeth Bennet is a sparkling, witty, and intelligent female character beloved for centuries. What is it about Elizabeth Bennet readers relate to or like?

17. Did you personally relate to any of the characters in the book? Which one is most like you and why?

18. What did you think of the characters in general? Did you have a favorite character? A least favorite? Did you like Elizabeth and Darcy? What about the secondary characters like Jane, Wickham, Bingley, Lady Catherine, etc.?

19. When Mr. Darcy helps find Wickham and Lydia and then gives him a yearly allowance to marry Lydia, for Elizabeth, of course, we call it a “grand gesture.” How did his “grand gesture” make you feel? Did you find his actions romantic?

•QUOTE: “Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.”

20. How did you feel about the ending between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth? Did you think it was the fitting ending, or did you expect or want something else? How did you feel about Wickham and Lydia’s ending?

21. What was your favorite romantic moment in the book?

22. Would you recommend this book to others? Would you read more Jane Austen books?

23. Were you surprised by any plot points in the book?

24. Have you watched any of the numerous “Pride and Prejudice” adaptations? What is your favorite version, and why?







Notes

Want to start your own chapter of The Silver Petticoat Book Club?

You don’t just have to discuss the book club picks with us online. If you want The Silver Petticoat Book Club to be even more fun, gather and recruit your own extension of the club (crediting us, of course) and discuss each month’s pick with smaller gatherings with family and friends – whether in person or virtually!

You’ll be able to download the questions, add some of your own, and turn the book club into the “entertaining” and “social” experience it’s meant to be!

If you do start your own group, remember to use the hashtag #TheSilverPetticoatBookClub and share with us some pictures from your group. We would love to see how members of the book club are participating!

Book club gatherings can be simple (discussing with your family and close friends on ZOOM) or more complex – like meeting in person (once you feel safe) and having a Jane Austen-inspired tea party while discussing the book, for example.

The sky’s the limit on what you can do.

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By on April 26th, 2021

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She loved doing Shirley Temple impersonations and creating plays with her siblings. Amber did cheerleading, dance, wrote stories, and ultimately discovered her passion for writing and video editing. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are to publish books, write and produce movies, travel around the world, and form a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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