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 Elinor ask Marianne proof of?

2. What does Mrs. Dashwood inform John of in this chapter?

3. Which of the following comments upsets Edward?

4. What does Lucy ask Elinor to do to help Edward become a minister?

5. Who does Elinor hope to find more about while in London?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In this chapter, why is Brandon's sudden departure so important to the development of his character and particularly in comparison to Willoughby?

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

6. Why does Elinor dislike Willoughby so much?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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