Sense and Sensibility Week

You probably noticed from the sidebar button that it’s S and S week.  Miss Georgiana Darcy is celebrating it and inviting other bloggers to do so.  Here is some things for S and S week.  They are all gotten from Miss Georiana Darcy.


How much do you really know about Jane Austen’s first published novel?  Take this facts quiz to find out!

Notes: All questions are based on the book, not the film adaptations, unless I specifically mention it.  Since there are so many Very Clever People out there I have tried to make this quiz pretty hard.  If you can’t answer one question, just go on to the next.  Comment with your answers and I’ll comment back with your scores.  I’ve made the quiz pretty long, so if you don’t have enough time or space to put your answers in one comment you can send them in installments.

Now on to the interesting part!

1: What was the name of Elinor and Marianne’s father?
a: James
b: Henry
c: John
d: George

2: The home that the Dashwood’s father and later their step-brother inherited was called ____ Park?
a: Norland
b: Walnut Grove
c: Dashwood
d: Delaford

3: Elinor about Edward: I cannot deny that I think very highly of him – that I greatly ___ – that I ___ him.
a: admire, love
b: regard, like
c: esteem, like
d: value, respect

4: What is Colonel Brandon’s first name?
a: Albert
b: George
c: Christopher
d: It doesn’t say

5: How old is Margaret? 
a: ten
b: eleven
c: thirteen
d: It doesn’t say

6: Barton Park and Cottage is in….?
a: Devonshire
b: Somersetshire
c: Sussex
d: Oxfordshire

7: What is Mrs Dashwood and the girls’ combined income?
a: 1000 a year
b: 100 pounds each
c: 500 pounds a year
d: I doesn’t say

8: Which two things does Mrs. Palmer say about her husband’s ill-humor, neglect, and rudeness?
a: I must say, I do not understand Mr. Palmer at all!
b: Mr. Palmer is so droll!
c: He wants to be superior in ill-humor to other people.
d: I am excessively diverted!
e: Mr. Palmer is the kind of man I like.

9: Which character said the quote: “This is admiration of a very particular kind!”
a: Elinor
b: Mrs. Jennings
c: Marianne
d: Sir John Middleton

10: Who do Elinor and Marianne go to London with?
a: their mother
b: Lady Middleton
c: Fanny Dashwood
d: Mrs. Jennings

11: What is the name of John and Fanny’s little boy?
a: Harry
b: Georgie
c: William
d: John

12: How many notes did Marianne write to Willoughby in London?
a: too many to count
b: three
c: two
d: it doesn’t say

13: The girl that Marianne reminded Colonel Brandon was…… (choose all that apply)
a: his sister
b: his wife
c: his sister-in-law
d: named Eliza
e: a near relative
f: named Catherine

14: Willoughby rode from London to Cleveland because…… (choose all that apply)
a: He wanted to take revenge on Colonel Brandon
b: He wanted to talk to Marianne
c: He had been told that Marianne was dying
d: He wanted to explain himself

15: Why did Edward not break his engagement to Lucy?
a: because he didn’t love her
b: because he wanted to annoy Mrs. Ferrars
c: because it would be dishonorable
d: because he loved her

16:  What was Elinor’s reaction when she heard that Edward was free from Lucy?
a: She ran out of the room and burst into tears of joy
b: she tried to talk, but couldn’t
c: she jumped up and hugged Edward
d: she sat down in amazement

17: With what feelings did Marianne accept Colonel Brandon? 
a: deep love
b: esteem and friendship
c: total indifference
d: passionate feeling

1: When did you first read Sense and Sensibility?  Have you reread it since?  I am currently reading S and S for the very first time.  I’m really enjoying it.

2: When did you first watch Sense and Sensibility? Which adaptation was it?  I watched the 1995 version with Emma Thompson a few months ago.

3: If you have watched/heard of more than one adaptation which one was your favorite? I’ve only watched the 1995 edition but I really like Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.  I think they were perfect in their roles.

4: Which three S&S characters drive you crazy? Willoughby, Lucy Steele, and Mrs. Palmer, in that order.

5: Which heroine are you most like: Elinor or Marianne? I would have to say Elinor.

6: Who would be most enjoyable: (or bearable) Mr. Palmer or Mrs. Palmer? Mr. Palmer

7: What would be your reaction if you saw a re-write of Sense and Sensibility where it was Elinor who married Colonel Brandon? I think that Colonel Brandon needed Marianne to make him more lively.  I wouldn’t like to have Elinor marry him anyway.

8: Where does Sense and Sensibility rank in your list of favorite Austen novels? In order of their ranking from highest to lowest: Emma, P and P, Northanger Abbey, S and S, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park.  But I like them all.

(All the answers I am putting are my own, but the questions are from her)

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Miss Georgiana Darcy is also hosting a fan-fiction S and S contest.  I can be a limerick, poem, or short story.  Here’s the awful poem I wrote.

First came Elinor, then Marianne
The finest girls in all the land.
They had to move to Barton cottage,
Which was soon to them a home.
A dreadful accident happened one day,
And Willoughby came on the scene.
By him, Marianne became entrapped,
Until the day he went away.
But all the troubles resolved themselves.
Elinor married Edward.
Marianne changed her name to Brandon.
All were happy.  All were well.
And that’s the story Jane Austen was first to tell.


Miss Georgiana DarcyMiss Georgiana DarcyMiss Georgiana DarcyMiss Georgiana DarcyI hope that you enjoy this post and that it encourages you to read S and S for yourself.


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