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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 persuade her sister to stay in London?
(a) She is not well enogh to travel
(b) She wants to find a job
(c) She wants to see Edward
(d) She does not want to seem rude to Mrs Jennings

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

3. What secret does Brandon reveal to Elinor?
(a) That he is in love with her
(b) That he is AWOL
(c) That he is already married
(d) That he has had an unhappy love affair with a woman similar to Marianne

4. Which two character does Mrs. Jennings try to match up?
(a) Marianne and Colonel Brandon
(b) Elinor and Colonel Brandon
(c) Colonel Brandon and Lady Middleton
(d) Marianne and Sir John

5. What does Lucy ask Elinor to do to help Edward become a minister?
(a) Talk to him about it
(b) Persuade John to give Edward Norland Parish
(c) Buy him a bible
(d) Let him be the rector at her wedding

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Mrs. Dashwood want to make changes to the cottage?

2. Why does Marianne forgive the Colonel for not applauding?

3. How much money does John initially decide to give his stepmother and sisters?

4. What does Lucy want Edward to do for a living?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do you think the importance of Willoughby is to the story at this point?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do you think Elinor tries to act normally with Edward even though she is upset with his strange behavior?

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

10. 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?

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