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

2. What baffles Marianne?

3. Who does Elinor see Willoughby with?

4. What does Mrs. Dashwood inform John of in this chapter?

5. Why does Elinor wonder if Marianne and Willoughby will be able to sustain a conversation?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Is Marianne in love with Willoughby?

4. Why do you think Edward never approaches the subject of why he is so upset?

5. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Austen's life. In what way do you think her life and personality is reflected in the book?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Dashwoods seem to complement each other perfectly and even though they have problems they work together to get out of them and end the story finding happiness. How do you think they work together so well? What are their individual roles? Is one person stronger than the other?

Take away a member of family from the story and discuss how the story could have been different. Would Marianne still be alive? Could Elinor maintain her practical outlook?

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