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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 could Willoughby not marry Marianne?

2. Which nearby manor do the character's intend to visit the next day?

3. Why does Mrs. Dashwood not want her daughters to mingle?

4. Why does Elinor try to persuade Elinor to give Willoughby's present up?

5. Which of the following comments upsets Edward?

Short Essay Questions

1. Outline what you think are Elinor's main characteristics.

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

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

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

5. How does Edward's arrival produce new hope for the Dashwood's?

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

8. Why does Elinor dislike Willoughby so much?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Lucy and Anne Steele make a striking contrast to Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Discuss this contrast.

1) What are the similarities and differences between the two pairs of sisters? Why do you think they do not get along?

2) Do the relationships between each pair of sisters work in a similar way?

3) How does Austen use the contrast to present her opinions on class and privileged upbringings?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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