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 is the name of the Dashwood's new cottage?

2. Who is Colonel Brandon fixated on?

3. Why does Mrs. Dashwood like Edward?

4. Who is the first person to visit the sisters in London?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did you think are the differences between Willoughby's story and Brandon's earlier tale?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. How are Elinor and Marianne different from the society they live in?

8. How do the sisters differing reactions to leaving London show the contrast between sense and sensibility?

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

10. Does Marianne's illness change her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How much is Marianne's depression responsible for her illness? Is her changeable mood also responsible for her recovery? What do you think this says about Austen's thoughts on illness and eighteenth century society in general?

Essay Topic 2

Willoughby and Brandon both tell stories that move the Dashwoods. Why do you think Brandon elicits more sympathy? What do the story says about their different personalities?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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