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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Jennings say Sir John will be disappointed?
(a) He thinks she lives in a mansion
(b) He will be unable to hunt
(c) He will not get to see Edward
(d) He will not be able to go to the opera

2. Who does Mrs. Jennings say is coming to town?
(a) Mr. and Mrs. Palmer
(b) Mrs. Dashwood
(c) The Middletons
(d) The Steele sisters

3. Which of the following words does Austen use to describe Sir John?
(a) A libertine
(b) A rogue
(c) A sportsman
(d) A charlatan

4. How does Austen describe the cottage?
(a) Large, empty and lonely
(b) Gothic
(c) Small but comfortable
(d) A fire hazard

5. How much money does John initially decide to give his stepmother and sisters?
(a) 1,000 pounds
(b) 10,000 pounds
(c) 500 ponds
(d) 100 pounds

Short Answer Questions

1. Which family does Austen immediately introduce in this chapter?

2. What are the first names of the Steele sisters?

3. How long does Edward stay with the Dashwoods?

4. What arrives at Mrs. Jennings house while they are out?

5. Why does Elinor chastise her sister?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Edward's arrival produce new hope for the Dashwood's?

2. In this chapter, why is Brandon's sudden departure so important to the development of his character and particularly in comparison to Willoughby?

3. Is Mrs. Jennings merely a gossip, or does she genuinely care about people?

4. Is Marianne in love with Willoughby?

5. Why do you think Austen presents Sir John and his wife as nice people, but overall overbred simpletons?

6. Is it important that Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are opposites?

7. Do you think John and Fanny have illegitimate reasons for not giving money to the Dashwood's?

8. Why does Elinor dislike Willoughby so much?

9. In what ways does Austen present Margaret as immature and a thorn in the flesh of the more practical Elinor?

10. How do the group's discussion of what they will do with a fortune express their individual characters?

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