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 is the next person to arrive in Cleveland?

2. Who comes to the cottage?

3. Who do John and Fanny plan a party for?

4. Why is Elinor surprised at her friends?

5. Who does Mrs. Jennings say will now marry Marianne?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Is Lucy a bad person?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Austen presents Elinor as a logical person, but also hints she oppresses her emotional side for the good of the family.

1) Look at two examples where Elinor represses her emotions. For what reason does she do it? In each instance, what would happen if didn't oppress her emotions?

2) Do you think it is good or bad for Elinor to repress her emotions?

Essay Topic 2

How much is Marianne's depression responsible for her illness? Is her changeable mood also responsible for her recovery? What do you think this says about Austen's thoughts on illness and eighteenth century society in general?

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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