Comprehension Test Sense and Sensibility




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Comprehension Test

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

1 Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)?

a Marianne got excited very easily.

b Marianne was older than Elinor.

c Barton Cottage was bigger than Norland Park.

d Sir John Middleton was friendly.

e Willoughby carried Marianne home because she had hurt her ankle.

f Colonel Brandon was older than Willoughby.

g Edward had a lock of hair in a ring.

h Colonel Brandon and Willoughby fought a duel.

I Marianne stayed at the Palmers’ house because she had hurt her leg.

j Robert Ferrars married Lucy Steele.

20 marks

2 Put the following events in the right order. Number them 1-10.

a Elinor and Marianne go to London.

b Marianne falls – and meets Willoughby.

c Edward tells Elinor that his brother is married.

d Willoughby returns Marianne’s letters.

e The Dashwoods move to Devon.

f Colonel Brandon tells Elinor the truth about Willoughby and Eliza.

g Elinor and Marianne marry.

h Marianne and Elinor go to stay with the Palmers in Somerset.

i The Dashwoods visit Sir John and meet Colonel Brandon.

j Edward Ferrars comes to Devon for the first time.

20 marks

3 Who said this? Who did they say it to? Mrs Dashwood, Marianne, Mrs John Dashwood, Mr John Dashwood, Colonel Brandon, Edward Ferrars, Elinor.

a ‘I must do something for them when they leave Norland for a new home.’ ……………….. to ………………..

b ‘What are your mother’s plans for you?’ ……………….. to ………………..

c ‘Is that your sister’s hair in the ring?’ ……………….. to ………………..

d ‘He has not made or broken any promise to me.’ ……………….. to ………………..

e ‘We met by appointment, but both of us returned unwounded.’ ……………….. to ………………..

20 marks

4 Who said this? Sir John Middleton, Edward Ferrars, Colonel Brandon, Elinor, Marianne, Lucy Steele, Willoughby.

a ‘I could not be happy with a man who does not share all my feelings.’ ………………..

b ‘He’s pleasant, and sociable, and has got the nicest little gundog I ever saw.’ ………………..

c ‘At present – my time is not my own.’ ………………..

d ‘I sincerely love Willoughby and find it painful to suspect his intentions.’ ………………..

e ‘Money can only give happiness when there is nothing else to give it.’ ………………..

f ‘We have been engaged for four years now.’ ………………..

g ‘She left to my care her little girl, Eliza.’ ………………..

h ‘The vicar’s duties there are light.’ ………………..

i ‘What a hard-hearted scoundrel I was.’ ………………..

j ‘My brother is now married to Miss Lucy Steele.’ ………………..

20 marks

5 Who, in the story . . . Sir John Middleton, Colonel Brandon, Mrs John Dashwood, Lady Middleton, Edward Ferrars

a . . . persuaded her husband not to keep a promise. ………………..

b . . . loved shooting. ………………..

c . . . did not enjoy studying law? ………………..

d . . . was the mother of some rather noisy children? ………………..

e . . . took care of his brother’s wife’s daughter? ………………..

20 marks

Total marks

Multiple-choice Test

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

Setting

Choose the best answer.

1 The Dashwood family had owned Norland Park in _____ for many years.

a [ ] Essex b [ ] Sussex c [ ] Exeter d [ ] Somerset

2 As a sign of the old Mr Dashwood’s affection for the sisters, he left them _____.

a [ ] his house b [ ] his horses

c [ ] one thousand pounds each d [ ] a cottage

3 The old man left his fortune to his nephew, Mr Henry Dashwood, to _____.

a [ ] use during his life b [ ] buy a house

c [ ] give away d [ ] spend as he wished

4 Mr Henry Dashwood outlived his uncle by _____.

a [ ] many years b [ ] five years c [ ] one year d [ ] ten years

5 John Dashwood promised his father he’d _____.

a [ ] sell the house

b [ ] make his father’s family comfortable

c [ ] let the three sisters live in the house

d [ ] give Mrs Dashwood some money

6 John Dashwood finally decided to offer Mrs Dashwood _____.

a [ ] some money b [ ] the house

c [ ] a carriage d [ ] neighbourly assistance

7 Mrs Dashwood wanted to keep her daughters at Norland after _____ arrived.

a [ ] Mrs John Dashwood b [ ] Edward Ferrars

c [ ] John Dashwood d [ ] Robert Ferrars

8 Elinor thought many houses were _____.

a [ ] were too large for their income b [ ] were not large enough

c [ ] were not close enough to Norland d [ ] did not have gardens

9 The family were offered a house by _____.

a [ ] Mrs John Dashwood b [ ] Edward Ferrars

c [ ] Sir John Middleton d [ ] Mrs Jennings

10 The furniture was sent to Barton. Mainly sheets, plates, books, and a _____.

a [ ] carriage and horses b [ ] piano of Marianne’s

c [ ] piano of Elinor’s d [ ] table

20 marks

Characters

Choose the best answer.

11 Mrs John Dashwood arrived unexpectedly at Norland with _____.

a [ ] all her furniture b [ ] her husband

c [ ] her child and servants d [ ] money

12 Elinor frequently acted as _____.

a [ ] her mother’s adviser b [ ] a mother

c [ ] mistress of the house d [ ] head of the family

13 Elinor had a great deal of _____.

a [ ] humour and honour b [ ] intelligence and common sense

c [ ] passion and praise d [ ] sorrow and taste

14 Marianne was like her mother because she _____.

a [ ] had strong feelings b [ ] was always late

c [ ] liked horses d [ ] was never sad

15 Margaret, _____, seemed likely to grow up without her sisters’ advantages.

a [ ] an ugly girl of fourteen b [ ] a sad girl of twelve

c [ ] a very intelligent girl of fifteen d [ ] a pleasant girl of thirteen

16 Edward Ferrars was the son of a man who _____.

a [ ] didn’t like his children b [ ] didn’t have any money

c [ ] had died very rich d [ ] had left his money to his sister

17 Mrs Jennings was a rather _____ lady.

a [ ] vulgar old b [ ] unhappy young c [ ] sad old d [ ] ugly young

18 Marianne and Margaret thought that _____ was an old bachelor.

a [ ] Sir John Middleton b [ ] Edward Ferrars

c [ ] Colonel Brandon d [ ] Willoughby

19 Marianne met Willoughby when she fell _____.

a [ ] off a horse b [ ] in love c [ ] down the hill d [ ] over on ice

20 Willoughby had no house in Devonshire and stayed in Allenham with _____.

a [ ] Mrs Smith b [ ] Colonel Brandon

c [ ] Sir John Middleton d [ ] Mrs Jennings

20 marks

Dialogue

Who said this?

21 ‘… they will each have more than three thousand pounds on their mother’s death.’

a [ ] John Dashwood b [ ] Elinor

c [ ] Edward Ferrars d [ ] Henry Dashwood

22 ‘Dear Norland! I shall miss you all my life.’

a [ ] Elinor b [ ] John Dashwood c [ ] Marianne d [ ] Margaret

23 ‘Brandon is just the kind of man whom everybody speaks well of, and nobody cares for.’

a [ ] Marianne b [ ] Willoughby c [ ] Elinor d [ ] Mrs Dashwood

24 ‘I have no wish to be grand or important.’

a [ ] Willoughby b [ ] Edward Ferrars c [ ] Elinor d [ ] Brandon

25 ‘Edward. Is that your sister’s hair in the ring?’

a [ ] Elinor b [ ] Lucy c [ ] Mrs Dashwood d [ ] Marianne

26 ‘We have been engaged for four years now.’

a [ ] Lucy Steele b [ ] Marianne c [ ] Willoughby d [ ] Anne Steele

27 ‘Has no letter been left for me?’

a [ ] Willoughby b [ ] Brandon c [ ] Elinor d [ ] Marianne

28 ‘I only wish there were anything I could do which might be of comfort to you.’

a [ ] Marianne b [ ] Mrs Jennings c [ ] Willoughby d [ ] Elinor

29 ‘I should have discovered his intentions earlier.’

a [ ] Elinor b [ ] Mrs Dashwood

c [ ] Colonel Brandon d [ ] Sir John Middleton

30 ‘My engagement to Lucy was certainly foolish,…’

a [ ] Edward Ferrars b [ ] Willoughby

c [ ] Colonel Brandon d [ ] Robert Ferrars

20 marks

Vocabulary

Choose the best answer.

31 to surprise someone very much

a [ ] deceive b [ ] astonish c [ ] attract d [ ] spoil

32 the female head of a house, who employs servants

a [ ] mother-in-law b [ ] stepmother c [ ] bachelor d [ ] mistress

33 a strong feeling or emotion, especially of love hate

a [ ] passion b [ ] praise c [ ] sorrow d [ ] affection

34 to suffer pain or unhappiness; to accept something unpleasant without complaint

a [ ] bear b [ ] deserve c [ ] blush d [ ] sob

35 a man who treats other people badly, especially by being dishonest or immoral

a [ ] vicar b [ ] bachelor c [ ] rival d [ ] scoundrel

36 money or property that you receive from someone when they die

a [ ] infection b [ ] honour c [ ] inheritance d [ ] gain

37 to think that someone or something is good or right

a [ ] deserve b [ ] approve c [ ] respect d [ ] praise

38 not looking at situations in a realistic way

a [ ] romantic b [ ] silly c [ ] coy d [ ] fair

39 graceful and attractive in appearance

a [ ] fair b [ ] agitated c [ ] vulgar d [ ] elegant

40 strong and determined in attitude and behaviour

a [ ] hospitable b [ ] firm c [ ] scoundrel d [ ] honour

20 marks

Plot

Choose the best answer.

41 Just before his death, Henry Dashwood sent for his son and begged him to take care of _____.

a [ ] the house b [ ] the servants

c [ ] his dogs d [ ] his stepmother and sisters

42 Mrs Dashwood took great pleasure in informing _____ that she had found a house.

a [ ] her stepson and his wife b [ ] Mrs Jennings

c [ ] Elinor d [ ] the servants

43 In Barton, the Dashwoods never imagined their days would be full of _____.

a [ ] parties and excursions b [ ] shopping and visiting

c [ ] singing and dancing d [ ] painting

44 Mrs Jennings discovered that Marianne and _____ had gone to Mrs Smith’s house.

a [ ] Elinor b [ ] Edward c [ ] Colonel Brandon d [ ] Willoughby

45 Willoughby told the Dashwoods that he had to leave Barton because _____.

a [ ] his friends wanted him to b [ ] Colonel Brandon said so

c [ ] he was going to London on business d [ ] Marianne would not marry him

46 Marianne was disappointed that _____

behaviour towards Elinor was very unlike a lover’s.

a [ ] Edward Ferrars’ b [ ] Willoughby’s

c [ ] Colonel Brandon’s d [ ] Sir John’s

47 Sir John met the Miss Steeles _____ and invited them to stay at Barton Park.

a [ ] at a dance b [ ] in winter

c [ ] at Colonel Barton’s house d [ ] on an excursion

48 Mrs Jennings heard that Marianne’s rival for Willoughby was _____.

a [ ] an old friend b [ ] a young woman with fifty thousand pounds a year

c [ ] a woman with no money d [ ] much older than him

49 Elinor found out the true story of Willoughby and Eliza from _____.

a [ ] Colonel Brandon b [ ] Marianne c [ ] her mother d [ ] Mrs Jennings

50 Elinor’s happiness was complete when _____.

a [ ] her sister was to marry b [ ] Edward expressed his love for her

c [ ] she returned to her mother d [ ] she moved to her own house

20 marks

Total marks

^ Sense and Sensibility

1 a T

b F

c F

d T

e T

f T

g T

h T

i F

j T


2 a 5

b 3

c 9

d 6

e 1

f 7

g 10

h 8

i 2

j 4


3 a Mr John Dashwood,

Mrs John Dashwood

b Mrs Dashwood,

Edward Ferrars

c Elinor, Edward Ferrars

d Marianne, Elinor

e Colonel Brandon,

Elinor


4 a Marianne

b Sir John Middleton

c Willoughby

d Elinor

e Marianne

f Lucy Steele

g Colonel Brandon

h Colonel Brandon

i Willoughby

j Edward Ferrars


5 a Mrs John Dashwood

b Sir John Middleton

c Edward Ferrars

d Lady Middleton

e Colonel Brandon

^ Sense and Sensibility

Setting

1 b

2 c

3 a

4 c

5 b

6 d

7 b

8 a

9 c

10 b

Characters

11 c

12 a

13 b

14 a

15 d

16 c

17 a

18 c

19 c

20 a

Dialogue

21 a

22 c

23 b

24 b

25 d

26 a

27 d

28 d

29 b

30 a

Vocabulary

31 b

32 d

33 a

34 a

35 d

36 c

37 b

38 a

39 d

40 b

Plot

41 d

42 a

43 a

44 d

45 c

46 a

47 d

48 b

49 a

50 b

Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 5

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