Persuasions #12, 1990                                                                                                                    Pages 142-143

The Quiz at Washington


Compiled by Marguerite Clossman, Arlington, VA

(Click here to see answers to the quizzes (not in the original publication of Persuasions Number 12)

1.   Who said to her sister(s):

       (a) "We must . . . pour into the bosom of each other the balm of sisterly consolation."
       (b) "I think it rather unnecessary for you to be advising me."
       (c) "Oh! Worse than cold-hearted!"
       (d) "They ought to feel what is due to you as my sister."
       (e) ". . . you have been very sly, very reserved with me."
       (f) "Your manners are polished, your conversation rational, and your appearance singular."
       (g) "You are like nobody else in the world!"

2.   Who said of her sister:   

       (a) She has "tenderness of heart . . . I have it not."
       (b) "My own sister as a wife . . . my standard of perfection."
       (c) "Such thick ankles."
       (d) "I have had a thousand fears for her."
       (e) She "would stare when she heard of it." (the wedding details)
       (f) "I should hardly call her a lively girl."
       (g) "I am now going to murder my sister."

3.   Who said of which sister(s):   

       (a) "I hardly know one from the other."
       (b) "It shews an affection for her sister which is very pleasing."
       (c) "I once knew a lady . . . who greatly resembled your sister."
       (d) "from a superior education, (they) are not to be altogether objected to."
       (e) "If she is like her sisters, she will only want to be listened to."
       (f) "the sweetest girls in the world."

4.   Which sisters are described as:   

       (a) "living to be fashionable, happy, and merry."
       (b) "entitled to think well of themselves and meanly of others"
       (c) "Their vanity was in such good order that they seemed to be quite free from it."
       (d) "their dress was very smart, their manners very civil."
       (e) "had each had money, but their marriages had made a material difference in their degree of consequence."
       (f) "Their was vanity in all they did."
       (g) "Totally unlike . . . in every respect."
       (h) "they would have been nothing at Brighton."

5.  Identify these sisters:

       (a) _______ and _______ were married on the same day.
       (b) _______ married the man refused by her older sister .  Who was _______
       (c) _______ prepared her sister's (_______) wedding dinner but it was ruined when the groom died.
       (d) _______ went with her sister _______ on her honeymoon.
       (e) _______ and _______ planned for their infant son and daughter to marry each other.
       (f) _______ poisoned her sister's (_______) rival and was hung for it.
       (g) _______ named her daughter for her sister. _______
       (h) _______ always made tea for her sister. _______
       (i) _______ was the only one to cry when her sister _______ left home.
       (j) _______ wore a gown chosen by her sister. _______
       (k) _______ trimmed her sister's (_______) hat with pink ribbons and a feather.
       (l) _______ trimmed her own bonnet with a cawl from her sister's (_______) bonnet.
       (m) _______ could say the "Beggar's Petition" better than her older sister. _______
       (n) At 10 _______ was able to answer questions that puzzled her older sister _______ at 17.
       (o) _______ made a bequest to her sister _______ that became a bone of contention with a third sister. _______ What was it? _______
       (p) _______ surprised her sister _______ by accepting a gift.  What was it? _______
       (q) _______ drew her sister's (_______) portrait from the back.
       (r) _______ would have made a good likeness of her sister _______ if she had sat longer.
       (s) _______ hoped her sister's (_______) husband would not be made a baronet.
       (t) _______ "succeeded to her sister's (_______) influence and perhaps became the most beloved of the two."


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