Sense and Sensibility Test | Final 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. Why does Colonel Brandon tell Elinor his story?

2. What does Marianne agree to accept?

3. Why is Marianne happy she did not marry Willoughby?

4. Why does Marianne have to spend a day with Mrs. Palmer and Mrs.Jennings?

5. What kind of party are Elinor and Marianne invited to?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways does Marianne's illness show the difference between the characters?

2. Is John completely dominated by his wife?

3. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

4. Is Elinor closer to Marianne in character than first thought?

5. How do the sisters differing reactions to leaving London show the contrast between sense and sensibility?

6. Why does the Colonel ask Elinor to tell Edward about his new position in the Parish?

7. Does Elinor make the right decision in telling her about Willoughby?

8. In what ways are Marianne and Mrs. Dashwood alike?

9. Have the sisters changed during their time in London?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Austen use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution, and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main characters Marianne and Elinor, examine the way Austen uses him or her in the story. Does she use him or her for dramatic effect or comic aside? When does she introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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