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. Why is Edward reluctant to leave?

2. What secret does Brandon reveal to Elinor?

3. Why does Mrs. Dashwood like Edward?

4. How does Austen describe the cottage?

5. What kind of woman does Marianne and Willoughby think Brandon attracts?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

2. Is it important that Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are opposites?

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

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

5. Is Elinor a better match for Edward than Lucy?

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

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

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

9. Why, if Elinor is so independent thinking and the one person in the family with sense, does she write to her mother for advice?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss opposites in the novel. Do all the characters have an opposite, for example Marianne and Elinor? What would do you think would happen to Marianne if Elinor was not there to help her, and vice versa? Are their some characters in the novel who don't have an opposite to counteract their personality? What happens to them?

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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