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 Fanny regret?

2. What happens to Willoughby?

3. What does Marianne reproach her sister for being?

4. What does Edward ask Elinor?

5. Who does Marianne marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

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

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

4. Is Lucy a bad person?

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

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

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

8. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

10. How is Mrs. Dashwood one of the more unselfish characters in the book?

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 chronological setting of the novel. What forms of transportation did they use? What methods of communication did they use? How does it affect the character's decisions? Do you think the characters would have made different life decisions if they were exposed to a more efficient way of living?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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