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. Where do Marianne and Elinor move to?

2. What does John Dashwood suggest in his letter?

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

4. Who is the letter to Marianne from?

5. Who are the next people to arrive in London?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is John completely dominated by his wife?

2. Why does Austen present John Dashwood as a comic figure?

3. Is Lucy a bad person?

4. Is is right that and true to the character of Elinor that she should forgive Edward so easily?

5. Do you think the Dashwoods like John?

6. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Austen was an unmarried daughter of a rector. With this in mind and anything else you know about Austen's life, which character resembles Austen the most?

1) Does she use that character to give her opinions of eighteenth century society?

2) Which characters do you think Austen shows less appreciation for? How do these characters differ from the main character?

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