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The following is an excerpt from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, 1814. The novel's protagonist, Fanny Price, returns home after many years of living with her wealthy relatives at Mansfield Park.
William was gone: and the home he hadleft her in was—Fanny could not conceal itfrom herself—in almost every respect thevery reverse of what she could have wished.05It was the abode of noise, disorder, andimpropriety. Nobody was in their right place,nothing was done as it ought to be. She couldnot respect her parents as she had hoped.On her father, her confidence had not been10sanguine, but he was more negligent of hisfamily, his habits were worse, and his mannerscoarser, than she had been prepared for.He did not want abilities; but he had no curiosity,and no information beyond his profession;15he read only the newspaper and thenavy-list; he talked only of the dockyard, theharbour, Spithead, and the Motherbank; heswore and he drank, he was dirty and gross.She had never been able to recall anything20approaching to tenderness in his formertreatment of herself. There had remainedonly a general impression of roughness andloudness; and now he scarcely ever noticedher, but to make her the object of a coarse25joke.Her disappointment in her mother wasgreater:?there?she had hoped much, andfound almost nothing. Every flatteringscheme of being of consequence to her soon30fell to the ground. Mrs. Price was not unkind;but, instead of gaining on her affection andconfidence, and becoming more and moredear, her daughter never met with greaterkindness from her than on the first day of35her arrival. The instinct of nature was soonsatisfied, and Mrs. Price's attachment had noother source. Her heart and her time werealready quite full; she had neither leisure noraffection to bestow on Fanny. Her daughters40never had been much to her. She was fondof her sons, especially of William, but Betseywas the first of her girls whom she had evermuch regarded. To her she was most injudiciouslyindulgent. William was her pride;45Betsey her darling; and John, Richard, Sam,Tom, and Charles occupied all the rest of hermaternal solicitude, alternately her worriesand her comforts. These shared her heart;her time was given chiefly to her house and50her servants. Her days were spent in a kindof slow bustle; all was busy without gettingon, always behindhand and lamenting it,without altering her ways; wishing to be aneconomist, without contrivance or regularity;55dissatisfied with her servants, without skillto make them better, and whether helping,or reprimanding, or indulging them, withoutany power of engaging their respect.Of her two sisters, Mrs. Price very much60more resembled Lady Bertram than Mrs.Norris. She was a manager by necessity, withoutany of Mrs. Norris's inclination for it, orany of her activity. Her disposition was naturallyeasy and indolent, like Lady Bertram's;65and a situation of similar affluence anddo-nothingness would have been much moresuited to her capacity than the exertions andself-denials of the one which her imprudentmarriage had placed her in. She might have70made just as good a woman of consequenceas Lady Bertram, but Mrs. Norris would havebeen a more respectable mother of nine childrenon a small income.Much of all this Fanny could not but be75sensible of. She might scruple to make useof the words, but she must and did feel thather mother was a partial, ill-judging parent,a dawdle, a slattern, who neither taught norrestrained her children, whose house was80the scene of mismanagement and discomfortfrom beginning to end, and who had notalent, no conversation, no affection towardsherself; no curiosity to know her better, nodesire of her friendship, and no inclination85for her company that could lessen her senseof such feelings.Fanny was very anxious to be useful, andnot to appear above her home, or in any waydisqualified or disinclined, by her foreign90education, from contributing her help to itscomforts, and therefore set about working forSam immediately, and by working early andlate, with perseverance and great despatch,did so much, that the boy was shipped off at95last, with more than half his linen ready. Shehad great pleasure in feeling her usefulness,but could not conceive how they would havemanaged without her.
1. What best describes what happens in the passage as a whole?
2. Fanny's overall attitude toward her parents is best described as
3. The first paragraph characterizes Fanny's father's intellectual interests as
4. As used in line 35, the phrase "instinct of nature" most closely means
5. The more that Fanny is around her mother, the more her mother treats her with
6. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
7. When Fanny returns to live with her parents, she is eager to be
8. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
9. As used in line 46, the word "occupied" most closely means
10. The third paragraph (lines 59-73) suggests that Mrs. Norris is
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