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 Elinor think Lucy is attracted to Robert?

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

3. Where do Marianne and Elinor move to?

4. Why does Colonel Brandon leave?

5. Why is Marianne happy she did not marry Willoughby?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Willoughby a better match for Marianne than the Colonel?

2. Describe Mrs. Jennings role within the story.

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

4. Is Brandon an honorable man?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Does Marianne's illness change her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Why do think social events are so important to the upper classes in eighteenth century Britain? Do you think events are purely informal? Why do you think Edward and Elinor react against such a life?

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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