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 Robert regret his brother is becoming a rector?

2. Why is Fanny happy that Edward has found a job at the parsonage?

3. Who does Mrs. Dashwood receive letters from?

4. After Brandon leaves, who other than Marianne are the only two people that remain?

5. Where do Marianne and Elinor move to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Brandon an honorable man?

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

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

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

5. Is John completely dominated by his wife?

6. How does Austen present the character of John Dashwood?

7. Has Elinor's sense always had a positive impact on the characters?

8. Why is it important that the Colonel is one of the oldest characters in the book?

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

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

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 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 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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