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 leave?

2. Why is Elinor glad her relationship with Edward has ended?

3. What stops Colonel Brandon from leaving as well?

4. Where do the Dashwoods travel to next?

5. Why does John think Colonel Brandon lacks sense?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is John completely dominated by his wife?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

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

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 2

Letter writing is an important form of communication in the book and sometimes the only form of communication between two characters. Discuss the role letter writing has in the story.

1) Do Marianne's letters to Willoughby display her immaturity? Does she leave herself open to manipulation?

2) Why do you think Elinor never writes a letter to Edward? What does it say about her character? What does it say about her relationship to Edward?

3) Why do you think Colonel Brandon goes to Barton to deliver the news of Marianne's illness? Would it have been quicker to send Mrs. Dashwood a letter? What does it say about how people regarded letter writing in the eighteenth century? Is it different to how people regard letter writing today?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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