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 does Marianne do at the party?

2. What topic of conversation do the Dashwoods draw Edward into?

3. How much money does John initially decide to give his stepmother and sisters?

4. Why does Mrs. Jennings say Sir John will be disappointed?

5. What does Willoughby stand to inherit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Is Mrs. Jennings merely a gossip, or does she genuinely care about people?

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

9. Why is the fact the sisters are going to London so important?

10. Do you think John and Fanny have illegitimate reasons for not giving money to the Dashwood's?

Essay Topics

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

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?

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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