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. Who does Mrs. Dashwood say is in London?

2. Why can Mrs. Dashwood not forgive Willoughby?

3. What had Elinor hoped would happen?

4. What does Marianne agree to accept?

5. Where do the Palmers live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the importance of the Steele's appearance in the story?

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

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

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

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

9. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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