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 Edward ask Elinor?

2. Who enters the room when Lucy and Elinor are having a conversation?

3. Where do the Palmers live?

4. Why would moving to Delaford cause Elinor pain?

5. Who does Mrs Dashwood thank?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did you think are the differences between Willoughby's story and Brandon's earlier tale?

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

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

4. Do you think Marianne can be happy with Colonel Brandon?

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

6. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

7. How are Elinor and Marianne different from the society they live in?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Setting plays a big part in the novel, and the Dashwoods find themselves going from one extreme to another. With this mind, compare the following settings and its effects on the characters and the story. Do the characters behavior change during the novel? Is it significant Marianne gets ill in Cleveland rather than London?

1) London versus Cleveland

2) Norland Park versus Barton Park

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

Throughout the novel, Austen presents not only opposites attracting, but the only way life can run smoothly. For example, the emotional Marianne needs the practical Elinor, and the soft hearted John Dashwood needs his more hard hearted wife Fanny. If this is the case, why do you think Austen presents Elinor and Edward as such a good match? Is there a reason for this or it is an inconsistency in the novel? Do you think that following the theme of the book, Lucy would make a better match for Edward?

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