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

2. When does Mrs. Dashwood want to make changes to the cottage?

3. Who does Elinor hope to find more about while in London?

4. What baffles Marianne?

5. What does Mrs Jennings think the Colonel is left town for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Is Marianne in love with Willoughby?

5. In this chapter, why is Brandon's sudden departure so important to the development of his character and particularly in comparison to Willoughby?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Austen was an unmarried daughter of a rector. With this in mind and anything else you know about Austen's life, which character resembles Austen the most?

1) Does she use that character to give her opinions of eighteenth century society?

2) Which characters do you think Austen shows less appreciation for? How do these characters differ from the main 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

Discuss whether you think the Colonel is a good match for Marianne. Is he a direct replacement for her sister? Do you think the match is more for the sake of Elinor than Marianne? If so, how much does Elinor's practicality oppress her sister's spontaneity?

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