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. When do Elinor and Edward get married?

2. Why does Elinor think Lucy is attracted to Robert?

3. Why is Elinor upset?

4. After Brandon leaves, who other than Marianne are the only two people that remain?

5. Who does Mrs. Jennings think Elinor is getting married to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

2. In what ways are Marianne and Mrs. Dashwood alike?

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

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

5. Does Marianne's illness change her?

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

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

8. Is Lucy a bad person?

9. Describe Mrs. Jennings role within the story.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jane Austen often presents John Dashwood as a figure to make fun of. Do you think this is fair to his character? Is his decision not to give his sisters any money more than just a financial decision? Does he try to make it up to them as the story progresses? What does this say about his character?

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

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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