Sense and Sensibility Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 has Edward ended up having a idle life?

2. How long does Edward stay with the Dashwoods?

3. Who does Lucy say she has been secretly engaged to for a year?

4. What does Elinor worry Edward's mother and sister will force him to do?

5. Which of the following phrases does Austen use to describe Edward's mood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does Elinor strike up a friendship with Lucy because she likes her?

3. Is John completely dominated by his wife?

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

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

6. Is Elinor closer to Marianne in character than first thought?

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

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

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

10. Have the sisters changed during their time in London?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Austen presents Elinor as a logical person, but also hints she oppresses her emotional side for the good of the family.

1) Look at two examples where Elinor represses her emotions. For what reason does she do it? In each instance, what would happen if didn't oppress her emotions?

2) Do you think it is good or bad for Elinor to repress her emotions?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false: In Sense and Sensibility, the female characters are stronger than the male characters and control the story. Use one of the relationships in the novel--for example, Elinor and Edward, to highlight your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss whether you think the Colonel is a good match for Marianne. Is he a direct replacement for her sister? Do you think the match is more for the sake of Elinor than Marianne? If so, how much does Elinor's practicality oppress her sister's spontaneity?

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