Sense and Sensibility Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Edward reluctant to leave?

2. How much money does Edward earn per year?

3. What does Elinor think of Lady Middleton and Mrs. Jennings?

4. Why does Mrs. Dashwood not want her daughters to mingle?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Mrs. Dashwood's love of her daughter holds them back?

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

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

4. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

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

6. Do you think John is a naturally selfish person, or has Fanny turned him against his family?

7. Does Marianne's illness change her?

8. In what ways does Marianne's illness show the difference between the characters?

9. Why is it important that the Colonel is one of the oldest characters in the book?

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Austen presents not only opposites attracting, but the only way life can run smoothly. For example, the emotional Marianne needs the practical Elinor, and the soft hearted John Dashwood needs his more hard hearted wife Fanny. If this is the case, why do you think Austen presents Elinor and Edward as such a good match? Is there a reason for this or it is an inconsistency in the novel? Do you think that following the theme of the book, Lucy would make a better match for Edward?

Essay Topic 2

How much is Marianne's depression responsible for her illness? Is her changeable mood also responsible for her recovery? What do you think this says about Austen's thoughts on illness and eighteenth century society in general?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss opposites in the novel. Do all the characters have an opposite, for example Marianne and Elinor? What would do you think would happen to Marianne if Elinor was not there to help her, and vice versa? Are their some characters in the novel who don't have an opposite to counteract their personality? What happens to them?

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