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 has Mrs. Smith disowned him?

2. Why is Elinor surprised at her friends?

3. What does Edward ask Elinor?

4. Who does Edward say has married Lucy?

5. What does Marianne agree to accept?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

2. Describe Mrs. Jennings role within the story.

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

4. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the chronological setting of the novel. What forms of transportation did they use? What methods of communication did they use? How does it affect the character's decisions? Do you think the characters would have made different life decisions if they were exposed to a more efficient way of living?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Jane Austen often presents John Dashwood as a figure to make fun of. Do you think this is fair to his character? Is his decision not to give his sisters any money more than just a financial decision? Does he try to make it up to them as the story progresses? What does this say about his character?

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