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. Which character does Mrs. Dashwood take an immediate dislike to?

2. Why could Willoughby not marry Marianne?

3. What does Elinor think of Lady Middleton and Mrs. Jennings?

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

5. Why is Marianne upset when the Dashwoods arrive back home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what ways does Austen present Margaret as immature and a thorn in the flesh of the more practical Elinor?

3. How does Elinor further show her tact in this chapter?

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

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

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

7. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

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

9. Why do you think Austen presents Sir John and his wife as nice people, but overall overbred simpletons?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Pick a character from the novel and discuss their goals and motives. Do they achieve their motive? Why? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters with other characters? How do the character's goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

Essay Topic 3

One of the major themes of the novel is the benefit of logic over emotion. Do you think Austen places too much emphasis on logic? Could the logical characters work more efficiently without the more emotional character? Or do they both work to keep each other in check?

Take a scene from the novel where logic prevails and discuss what would happen if there was no logical thinking to keep the emotional characters in check.

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