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. What are the first names of the Steele sisters?

2. Who does Henry Dashwood call to his bedside to ask to support his wife and daughters?

3. Which of the following words does Austen use to describe Sir John?

4. What does Colonel Brandon pay close attention to?

5. Why does Elinor think her situation with Edward is better than Marianne's situation with Willoughby?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Elinor presented as the one who will make the right decisions for the Dashwoods?

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

4. Why does Elinor dislike Willoughby so much?

5. How is Willoughby's letter symbolize his manipulative nature?

6. 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?

7. Is Elinor a better match for Edward than Lucy?

8. Why is Mrs. Dashwood so taken with Willoughby?

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

10. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Austen use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution, and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main characters Marianne and Elinor, examine the way Austen uses him or her in the story. Does she use him or her for dramatic effect or comic aside? When does she introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

Austen was an unmarried daughter of a rector. With this in mind and anything else you know about Austen's life, which character resembles Austen the most?

1) Does she use that character to give her opinions of eighteenth century society?

2) Which characters do you think Austen shows less appreciation for? How do these characters differ from the main character?

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