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. What did Colonel Brandon tell Mrs Dashwood on her way to Cleveland?

2. Where does Edward want to go?

3. Who does Mrs. Dashwood receive letters from?

4. What does Marianne's illness deepen into?

5. How does does Lucy win favor with Mrs. Ferrars?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Austen present John Dashwood as a comic figure?

2. Is Willoughby a better match for Marianne than the Colonel?

3. How is Mrs. Dashwood one of the more unselfish characters in the book?

4. Do you think the Dashwoods like John?

5. What are the differences between the Steele sisters and the Dashwood sisters?

6. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

8. Why is it important that the Colonel is one of the oldest characters in the book?

9. Why do you think Fanny and Lady Middleton get along so well?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Why do think social events are so important to the upper classes in eighteenth century Britain? Do you think events are purely informal? Why do you think Edward and Elinor react against such a life?

Essay Topic 3

Lucy and Anne Steele make a striking contrast to Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Discuss this contrast.

1) What are the similarities and differences between the two pairs of sisters? Why do you think they do not get along?

2) Do the relationships between each pair of sisters work in a similar way?

3) How does Austen use the contrast to present her opinions on class and privileged upbringings?

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