George Eliot's Silly Novels by Lady Novelists: Summary & Analysis


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In 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists,' why does George Eliot decry certain novels written by women?

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1. Which of the following is true of the 'mind-and-millinery' novels that George Eliot describes in 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists'?

2. In 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists,' why did George Eliot think no one would critique novels written by women the same way they criticized novels written by men?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

George Eliot, a pseudonym for writer Mary Anne Evans, attacked the silly, cliched nature of much of women's writing in the late 1800s. This quiz/worksheet combo will check your understanding of why she wrote Silly Novels by Lady Novelists and why it was important in that time period.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet covers the following topics:

  • The four qualities of a 'silly novel'
  • What a heroine is
  • Why George Eliot dislikes 'silly novels'
  • How Silly Novels by Lady Novelists exemplifies a negative manifesto

Skills Practiced

These assessments use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on George Eliot's Silly Novels by Lady Novelists
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the time period George Eliot wrote in
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different styles of Eliot's 'silly novels'

Additional Learning

Eliot's manifesto on 'silly novels' was not just literary criticism, but also tied in with her political beliefs. To learn more, review the lesson called George Eliot's Silly Novels by Lady Novelists: Summary & Analysis, which covers the following:

  • Why Eliot wrote under a male pseudonym
  • The reason that 'silly novels' were not critiqued in the same way that men's novels were
  • For what reason Eliot was interested in encouraging women to write better