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 has happened to Mrs Palmer?

2. Why is Elinor upset?

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

4. Why can Mrs. Dashwood not forgive Willoughby?

5. How does Elinor react to Edward's sudden appearance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is is right that and true to the character of Elinor that she should forgive Edward so easily?

4. Why is having sense so important to Elinor?

5. Has Elinor's sense always had a positive impact on the characters?

6. Is Brandon an honorable man?

7. Is Elinor and Edward's marriage a victory of true love over societal expectations?

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

9. Is Lucy a bad person?

10. Is John completely dominated by his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick a character from the novel and discuss their goals and motives. Do they achieve their motive? Why? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters with other characters? How do the character's goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss opposites in the novel. Do all the characters have an opposite, for example Marianne and Elinor? What would do you think would happen to Marianne if Elinor was not there to help her, and vice versa? Are their some characters in the novel who don't have an opposite to counteract their personality? What happens to them?

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