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. What does John Dashwood suggest in his letter?

2. Where does Edward want to go?

3. Why does Marianne have to spend a day with Mrs. Palmer and Mrs.Jennings?

4. Why is Fanny upset?

5. Who does Mrs Jennings tell about Elinor's engagement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

7. Is Lucy a bad person?

8. Do you think the Dashwoods like John?

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

10. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the values of the eighteenth century.

1) Is it more important to have money in the eighteenth century than it is now? Pick a character and discuss what would happen if they were not born into money. Do you think some of the characters' obsessions with money are justified?

2) Why is marriage in the eighteenth century such an important institution? Is it more important for men or women? Is it wise to marry just for love? Is Jane Austen's happy ending merely a romantic notion that would rarely happen?

3) Does modern society share any values with eighteenth century society?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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