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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 is Marianne upset when the Dashwoods arrive back home?

2. Which of the following comments upsets Edward?

3. Whom does Elinor send a letter to when she arrives in London?

4. What does Colonel Brandon pay close attention to?

5. Which one of the sisters does Edward Ferrars devote his time to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the fact the sisters are going to London so important?

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

3. In what ways does Austen present Margaret as immature and a thorn in the flesh of the more practical Elinor?

4. Why is Elinor presented as the one who will make the right decisions for the Dashwoods?

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

6. Do you think John and Fanny have illegitimate reasons for not giving money to the Dashwood's?

7. Is Brandon a good match for Elinor?

8. Why does Elinor dislike Willoughby so much?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Austen presents Elinor as a logical person, but also hints she oppresses her emotional side for the good of the family.

1) Look at two examples where Elinor represses her emotions. For what reason does she do it? In each instance, what would happen if didn't oppress her emotions?

2) Do you think it is good or bad for Elinor to repress her emotions?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the values of the eighteenth century.

1) Is it more important to have money in the eighteenth century than it is now? Pick a character and discuss what would happen if they were not born into money. Do you think some of the characters' obsessions with money are justified?

2) Why is marriage in the eighteenth century such an important institution? Is it more important for men or women? Is it wise to marry just for love? Is Jane Austen's happy ending merely a romantic notion that would rarely happen?

3) Does modern society share any values with eighteenth century society?

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