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 does John Dashwood suggest in his letter?

2. Who arrives at the cottage unexpectedly?

3. What does Brandon say is the main problem with the parsonage?

4. How long has Elinor known about the engagement?

5. Why is Fanny happy that Edward has found a job at the parsonage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

6. What does Elinor's unhappy reaction show about her logical character?

7. Has Elinor's sense always had a positive impact on the characters?

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

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

10. How much does Marianne's mental state contribute to her illness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss opposites in the novel. Do all the characters have an opposite, for example Marianne and Elinor? What would do you think would happen to Marianne if Elinor was not there to help her, and vice versa? Are their some characters in the novel who don't have an opposite to counteract their personality? What happens to them?

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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