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You are the eldest of three daughters. Your father has anenormous estate. You are entitled to inherit:


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  • 1. 

    You are the eldest of three daughters. Your father has an enormous estate. You are entitled to inherit:

    • A.

      The whole estate, as you are the eldest

    • B.

      A third of the estate

    • C.

      Nothing

    Correct Answer
    C. Nothing
    Explanation
    The entire estate goes to the closest young male relative.

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  • 2. 

    You are the younger of two brothers in a wealthy family, which has a grand estate. You plan to support yourself in the future by:

    • A.

      Living off your inheritance from the estate (divided between you and your brother)

    • B.

      Getting a job

    • C.

      Going into the clergy

    Correct Answer
    C. Going into the clergy
    Explanation
    As second son, you will not inherit the estate. But your family is wealthy and can likely secure you a large house and lifetime employment as a pastor.

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  • 3. 

    The following members of society were held in the highest esteem:

    • A.

      Those who chose to do no work

    • B.

      Doctors

    • C.

      Clergymen

    Correct Answer
    A. Those who chose to do no work
    Explanation
    Those who chose not to work had wealth, land, and status.

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  • 4. 

    You are a young lady at a ball. A gentleman you do not fancy asks you to dance. This is the proper way to turn him down:

    • A.

      Tell him your boyfriend would not approve

    • B.

      Tell him that your dance card is full for the evening

    • C.

      Tell him that you are not up to dancing at all – and sit every dance out

    Correct Answer
    C. Tell him that you are not up to dancing at all – and sit every dance out
    Explanation
    As a matter of etiquette, you must accept all dance offers -- or none.

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  • 5. 

    “Coming out” in this era meant:

    • A.

      Dressing a bit too provocatively.

    • B.

      A girl being formally presented in society.

    • C.

      Publicly disclosing your sexual orientation.

    Correct Answer
    B. A girl being formally presented in society.
    Explanation
    When a girl came out, it meant she was of marriageable age. If a girl was not married by thirty, she was considered an old maid.

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  • 6. 

    This title is the highest ranking:

    • A.

      Earl

    • B.

      Baronet

    • C.

      Knight

    Correct Answer
    A. Earl
    Explanation
    Earls belonged to the highest group of society, known as "The Peerage." Baronets and knights were on the lower rung of the aristocracy. Knighthood was the only title that was not inherited.

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  • 7. 

    This would have been suitable employment for a middle-class woman who did not marry:

    • A.

      A ladies' companion

    • B.

      A writer

    • C.

      A teacher

    Correct Answer
    A. A ladies' companion
    Explanation
    A ladies' companion would have been a suitable employment for a middle-class woman who did not marry because it would have provided her with a respectable and socially acceptable role in society. As a ladies' companion, she would have been able to accompany and assist an upper-class woman in her daily activities, providing companionship, conversation, and support. This role would have allowed her to maintain a certain level of independence and financial stability while also fulfilling the societal expectations placed on unmarried middle-class women during that time period.

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