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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 has Edward ended up having a idle life?

2. How long does Edward stay with the Dashwoods?

3. Who does Lucy say she has been secretly engaged to for a year?

4. What does Elinor worry Edward's mother and sister will force him to do?

5. Which of the following phrases does Austen use to describe Edward's mood?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is John completely dominated by his wife?

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

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

6. Is Elinor closer to Marianne in character than first thought?

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

8. What do you think the importance of Willoughby is to the story at this point?

9. Why is Elinor presented as the one who will make the right decisions for the Dashwoods?

10. Have the sisters changed during their time in London?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jane Austen often presents John Dashwood as a figure to make fun of. Do you think this is fair to his character? Is his decision not to give his sisters any money more than just a financial decision? Does he try to make it up to them as the story progresses? What does this say about his character?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Austen presents not only opposites attracting, but the only way life can run smoothly. For example, the emotional Marianne needs the practical Elinor, and the soft hearted John Dashwood needs his more hard hearted wife Fanny. If this is the case, why do you think Austen presents Elinor and Edward as such a good match? Is there a reason for this or it is an inconsistency in the novel? Do you think that following the theme of the book, Lucy would make a better match for Edward?

Essay Topic 3

Letter writing is an important form of communication in the book and sometimes the only form of communication between two characters. Discuss the role letter writing has in the story.

1) Do Marianne's letters to Willoughby display her immaturity? Does she leave herself open to manipulation?

2) Why do you think Elinor never writes a letter to Edward? What does it say about her character? What does it say about her relationship to Edward?

3) Why do you think Colonel Brandon goes to Barton to deliver the news of Marianne's illness? Would it have been quicker to send Mrs. Dashwood a letter? What does it say about how people regarded letter writing in the eighteenth century? Is it different to how people regard letter writing today?

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