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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 does Mrs. Jennings worry about the Colonel?

2. What does Marianne do at the party?

3. What arrives at Mrs. Jennings house while they are out?

4. How long is the carriage ride to London?

5. What does Marianne want to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Fanny and Lady Middleton get along so well?

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

3. What is the importance of the Steele's appearance in the story?

4. Is Willoughby a better match for Marianne than the Colonel?

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

6. Does Elinor make the right decision in telling her about Willoughby?

7. How does Austen present the character of John Dashwood?

8. In what ways are Marianne and Mrs. Dashwood alike?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Austen was an unmarried daughter of a rector. With this in mind and anything else you know about Austen's life, which character resembles Austen the most?

1) Does she use that character to give her opinions of eighteenth century society?

2) Which characters do you think Austen shows less appreciation for? How do these characters differ from the main character?

Essay Topic 2

Setting plays a big part in the novel, and the Dashwoods find themselves going from one extreme to another. With this mind, compare the following settings and its effects on the characters and the story. Do the characters behavior change during the novel? Is it significant Marianne gets ill in Cleveland rather than London?

1) London versus Cleveland

2) Norland Park versus Barton Park

Essay Topic 3

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?

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