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 long is the carriage ride to London?

2. Why does Mrs. Jennings worry about the Colonel?

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

4. Why does Elinor try to spend more time with Lucy?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is Elinor and Edward's marriage a victory of true love over societal expectations?

4. Is Willoughby a better match for Marianne than the Colonel?

5. What does Elinor's unhappy reaction show about her logical character?

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

8. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

9. Do you think Marianne can be happy with Colonel Brandon?

10. Is Marianne in love with Willoughby?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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