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. How much money does Fanny convince John to give his sisters and stepmother?

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

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

4. Why is Lucy concerned about her engagement to Edward?

5. Which two character does Mrs. Jennings try to match up?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

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

5. What comparisons does Austen draw from the Dashwood's situation at Norland with John and their new situation in Barton with Sir John?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Austen's life. In what way do you think her life and personality is reflected in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Austen use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution, and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main characters Marianne and Elinor, examine the way Austen uses him or her in the story. Does she use him or her for dramatic effect or comic aside? When does she introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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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