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 does Austen describe the cottage?

2. What secret does Brandon reveal to Elinor?

3. What does Lucy want Edward to do for a living?

4. Why could Willoughby not marry Marianne?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Is Elinor a better match for Edward than Lucy?

7. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

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

9. In what way does Austen use Colonel Brandon to highlight the sister's differences in character?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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