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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 Elinor wonder if Marianne and Willoughby will be able to sustain a conversation?
(a) They hate each other
(b) They have already covered several topics
(c) They don't know each other well enough
(d) They are both very reserved people

2. How do they Steel sisters win over Lady Middleton?
(a) Complementing her house
(b) Telling her she is beautiful
(c) By being friendly to her children
(d) Making funny jokes

3. Why does Mrs. Dashwood not want her daughters to mingle?
(a) She does not like Sir John
(b) They are no suitable men to mingle with
(c) She is worried for their safety
(d) She does not want the girls to borrow Sir John's carriage

4. Why is Lucy concerned about her engagement to Edward?
(a) He is not attractive enough
(b) He does not seem interested in her
(c) He has not bought her a ring
(d) He does not make enough money to keep a wife

5. When does Mrs. Dashwood want to make changes to the cottage?
(a) When they have settled in.
(b) Immediately
(c) When her daughter's marry
(d) When the weather improves

Short Answer Questions

1. Which nearby manor do the character's intend to visit the next day?

2. Which of the daughters is described as having "strength and understanding"?

3. How many marriages has Henry Dashwood had?

4. Why could Willoughby not marry Marianne?

5. Which of Mrs.Dashwood's suggestions upset Willoughby?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is Marianne in love with Willoughby?

3. What does Sir John's character say about eighteenth century upper class?

4. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

5. In what way does Austen use Colonel Brandon to highlight the sister's differences in character?

6. What comparisons does Austen draw from the Dashwood's situation at Norland with John and their new situation in Barton with Sir John?

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

8. Why do you think that at this point in the story, Austen has given the reader a lot more information about Colonel Brandon than about Willoughby?

9. How does Elinor further show her tact in this chapter?

10. Why, if Elinor is so independent thinking and the one person in the family with sense, does she write to her mother for advice?

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