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 Henry Dashwood call to his bedside to ask to support his wife and daughters?

2. Why does Elinor wonder if Marianne and Willoughby will be able to sustain a conversation?

3. Which two sisters go for a walk in the country?

4. Why does Elinor persuade her sister to stay in London?

5. Why is Marianne upset when the Dashwoods arrive back home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What comparisons does Austen draw from the Dashwood's situation at Norland with John and their new situation in Barton with Sir John?

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

3. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. How does Elinor display her logic and rationality in this chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Willoughby and Brandon both tell stories that move the Dashwoods. Why do you think Brandon elicits more sympathy? What do the story says about their different personalities?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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