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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. Which of the Steele sisters does Elinor become friends with?
3. Why does Mrs. Dashwood like Edward?
4. Which nearby manor do the character's intend to visit the next day?
5. What does Elinor ask Marianne proof of?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do you think the importance of Willoughby is to the story at this point?
2. How is Willoughby's letter symbolize his manipulative nature?
3. Do you think John is a naturally selfish person, or has Fanny turned him against his family?
4. Why do you think Elinor tries to act normally with Edward even though she is upset with his strange behavior?
5. Why, if Elinor is so independent thinking and the one person in the family with sense, does she write to her mother for advice?
6. Does Elinor strike up a friendship with Lucy because she likes her?
7. Why is Elinor presented as the one who will make the right decisions for the Dashwoods?
8. How do the group's discussion of what they will do with a fortune express their individual characters?
9. Is Elinor a better match for Edward than Lucy?
10. Outline what you think are Elinor's main characteristics.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the values of the eighteenth century.
1) Is it more important to have money in the eighteenth century than it is now? Pick a character and discuss what would happen if they were not born into money. Do you think some of the characters' obsessions with money are justified?
2) Why is marriage in the eighteenth century such an important institution? Is it more important for men or women? Is it wise to marry just for love? Is Jane Austen's happy ending merely a romantic notion that would rarely happen?
3) Does modern society share any values with eighteenth century society?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Austen's life. In what way do you think her life and personality is reflected in the book?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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