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. How does Elinor initially react to Willoughby's appearance?

3. Who does the Dashwood's servant say she saw in town?

4. Why is Elinor glad her relationship with Edward has ended?

5. Where are the Dashwoods preparing to travel to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Brandon an honorable man?

2. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Letter writing is an important form of communication in the book and sometimes the only form of communication between two characters. Discuss the role letter writing has in the story.

1) Do Marianne's letters to Willoughby display her immaturity? Does she leave herself open to manipulation?

2) Why do you think Elinor never writes a letter to Edward? What does it say about her character? What does it say about her relationship to Edward?

3) Why do you think Colonel Brandon goes to Barton to deliver the news of Marianne's illness? Would it have been quicker to send Mrs. Dashwood a letter? What does it say about how people regarded letter writing in the eighteenth century? Is it different to how people regard letter writing today?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Austen's life. In what way do you think her life and personality is reflected in the book?

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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