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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 are the first names of the Steele sisters?

2. Which of the following characters is also present at the Middleton's dinner party?

3. What does Marianne plan to do while in London?

4. Whose lock of hair does Edward claim it is?

5. What is the name of the Dashwood's new cottage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Dashwoods seem to complement each other perfectly and even though they have problems they work together to get out of them and end the story finding happiness. How do you think they work together so well? What are their individual roles? Is one person stronger than the other?

Take away a member of family from the story and discuss how the story could have been different. Would Marianne still be alive? Could Elinor maintain her practical outlook?

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