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Quiz about Through the Eyes ofPart 1
Quiz about Through the Eyes ofPart 1

Through the Eyes of...Part 1 Trivia Quiz


The characters of "Sense & Sensibility" are described and illustrated by Jane Austen as author or seen through the eyes of other characters. Can you trust these assessments? Contains spoilers.

A multiple-choice quiz by jeremyb. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
jeremyb
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
178,263
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
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This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. Choose a word to fill in the blank in this description of Elinor Dashwood:
"Elinor, this eldest daughter, whose advice was so effectual, possessed a strength of understanding, and ________ of judgment, which qualified her, though only nineteen, to be the counsellor of her mother,and enabled her frequently to counteract, to the advantage of them all, that eagerness of mind in Mrs. Dashwood which must generally have led to imprudence."
Hint

exactness
ripeness
coolness
balance

2. Choose a word to fill in the blank in this description of Marianne Dashwood:
"Marianne's abilities were, in many respects, quite equal to Elinor's. She was sensible and clever; but eager in everything: her sorrows, her joys, could have no __________. She was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent. The resemblance between her and her mother was strikingly great."
Hint

reality
value
depth
moderation

3. Elinor and Marianne's half-brother John Dashwood is neatly summed up in a few phrases. What are the blanked words in these quotations?
"Mr. John Dashwood had not the strong feelings of the rest of the family" "He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather _____________ and rather selfish is to be ill-disposed":
Hint: Not a warm man!
Hint

hard living
cold hearted
narrow minded
tight fisted

4. Here Elinor meets Fanny Dashwood's brother Robert Ferrars: "Mr. Dashwood introduced him to her as Mr. Robert Ferrars. He addressed her with easy civility, and twisted his head into a bow which assured her as plainly as words could have done, that he was exactly the ________ she had heard him described to be". Fill in the blank.
Hint: He was on the 'strut'.
Hint

hobbyhorse
coxcomb
Corinthian
beau

5. Robert Ferrars explains the differences between himself and his modest brother Edward Ferrars as being due to education. "Why they were different, Robert exclaimed to her himself in the course of a quarter of an hour's conversation; for, talking of his brother, and lamenting the extreme __________ which he really believed kept him from mixing in proper society, he candidly and generously attributed it much less to any natural deficiency, than to the misfortune of a private education;" Choose a word to fill in the blank.
Hint: We're LEFT with no good impression of Robert himself.

Hint

gaucherie
reserve
clumsiness
stupidity

6. The authorial voice defines Lucy Steele for us: Fill in the blank.
"Lucy was naturally clever; her remarks were often just and _______; and as a companion for half an hour Elinor frequently found her agreeable; but her powers had received no aid from education: she was ignorant and illiterate; and her deficiency of all mental improvement, her want of information in the most common particulars, could not be concealed from Miss Dashwood".
Hint

astute
amusing
considered
generous

7. Anne Steele, Lucy's elder sister, shows herself up to be vulgar and silly; "Nay, my dear, I'm sure I don't pretend to say that there an't. I'm sure there's a vast many smart ______ in Exeter; but you know, how could I tell what smart ______ there might be about Norland; and I was only afraid the Miss Dashwoods might find it dull at Barton, if they had not so many as they used to have. But perhaps you young ladies may not care about the ______, and had as lief be without them as with them." Fill in the missing words (all the same). Hint

suitors
gentlemen
beaux
admirers

8. Sir John Middleton is allowed to be a friendly and hospitable man, if limited, but his wife is not treated so well.
"Lady Middleton was not more than six or seven and twenty; her face was handsome, her figure tall and striking, and her address graceful. Her manners had all the elegance which her husband's wanted. But they would have been improved by some share of his frankness and warmth; and her visit was long enough to detract something from their first admiration, by shewing that, though perfectly well-bred, she was reserved, cold, and had nothing to say for herself beyond the most ________ inquiry or remark."
What is the missing word that sums up Lady Middleton?
Hint

ordinary
common-place
trite
boring

9. We first see Colonel Brandon through Marianne's eyes. "Colonel Brandon alone, of all the party, heard her Marianne without being in raptures. He paid her only the compliment of attention;" "His pleasure in music, though it amounted not to that ecstatic delight which alone could sympathize with her own, was estimable when contrasted against the horrible insensibility of the others; and she was reasonable enough to allow that a man of five and thirty might well have ______ all acuteness of feeling and every exquisite power of enjoyment. " Hint: He is 35, Marianne is 17. Hint

blunted
lost
developed
outlived

10. Lady Middleton's mother Mrs Jennings is summed up:
"Mrs. Jennings was a widow with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to ______ all the rest of the world." Choose the word for the blank.
Hint: She was not a priest however!
Hint

settle
marry
match
pair off


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Choose a word to fill in the blank in this description of Elinor Dashwood: "Elinor, this eldest daughter, whose advice was so effectual, possessed a strength of understanding, and ________ of judgment, which qualified her, though only nineteen, to be the counsellor of her mother,and enabled her frequently to counteract, to the advantage of them all, that eagerness of mind in Mrs. Dashwood which must generally have led to imprudence."

Answer: coolness

Elinor is a substitute authorial voice for all of the novel, the 'Sense' of the title. Unlike Elizabeth Bennett, she does not make mistakes of judgment. Unfortunately she comes across as too 'cool' to be wholly likeable and not a little priggish.
2. Choose a word to fill in the blank in this description of Marianne Dashwood: "Marianne's abilities were, in many respects, quite equal to Elinor's. She was sensible and clever; but eager in everything: her sorrows, her joys, could have no __________. She was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent. The resemblance between her and her mother was strikingly great."

Answer: moderation

Marianne is the 'Sensibility' of the title. She revels in her feelings but she is 'immoderate' and rather arrogant. She is taught not to be quite so confident but somehow is diminished in the process. We love her as she was for her zest for life and joyfulness.
3. Elinor and Marianne's half-brother John Dashwood is neatly summed up in a few phrases. What are the blanked words in these quotations? "Mr. John Dashwood had not the strong feelings of the rest of the family" "He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather _____________ and rather selfish is to be ill-disposed": Hint: Not a warm man!

Answer: cold hearted

'Respectable' and 'cold hearted' sum up John Dashwood. He has generous impulses but is talked out of them by his poisonous wife, Fanny. "Had he married a more amiable woman, he might have been made still more respectable than he was:--he might even have been made amiable himself;" She talks John out of giving 3000 to his sisters, down to an annuity of 1500 to their mother, then down to a present of 50 now and then, down to a present of fish and game (when in season), down to "what on earth can four women want for more than that?--They will live so cheap! Their housekeeping will be nothing at all.

They will have no carriage, no horses, and hardly any servants; they will keep no company, and can have no expenses of any kind! Only conceive how comfortable they will be!" ......."They will be much more able to give YOU something."
4. Here Elinor meets Fanny Dashwood's brother Robert Ferrars: "Mr. Dashwood introduced him to her as Mr. Robert Ferrars. He addressed her with easy civility, and twisted his head into a bow which assured her as plainly as words could have done, that he was exactly the ________ she had heard him described to be". Fill in the blank. Hint: He was on the 'strut'.

Answer: coxcomb

A 'coxcomb' was a word for a self-regarding and conceited fool. Elinor can't help comparing him to his brother "Happy had it been for her, if her regard for Edward had depended less on his own merit, than on the merit of his nearest relations!" In listening to his overblown eulogy about life in a cottage, "Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition."...a wonderful mental putdown.
5. Robert Ferrars explains the differences between himself and his modest brother Edward Ferrars as being due to education. "Why they were different, Robert exclaimed to her himself in the course of a quarter of an hour's conversation; for, talking of his brother, and lamenting the extreme __________ which he really believed kept him from mixing in proper society, he candidly and generously attributed it much less to any natural deficiency, than to the misfortune of a private education;" Choose a word to fill in the blank. Hint: We're LEFT with no good impression of Robert himself.

Answer: gaucherie

"Upon my soul," he added, "I believe it is nothing more; and so I often tell my mother, when she is grieving about it. 'My dear Madam,' I always say to her, 'you must make yourself easy. The evil is now irremediable, and it has been entirely your own doing." In fact Edward is well judging and right thinking except for his entanglement with Lucy Steele.
6. The authorial voice defines Lucy Steele for us: Fill in the blank. "Lucy was naturally clever; her remarks were often just and _______; and as a companion for half an hour Elinor frequently found her agreeable; but her powers had received no aid from education: she was ignorant and illiterate; and her deficiency of all mental improvement, her want of information in the most common particulars, could not be concealed from Miss Dashwood".

Answer: amusing

It continues "Elinor saw, and pitied her for, the neglect of abilities which education might have rendered so respectable; but she saw, with less tenderness of feeling, the thorough want of delicacy, of rectitude, and integrity of mind, which her attentions, her assiduities, her flatteries at the Park betrayed; and she could have no lasting satisfaction in the company of a person who joined insincerity with ignorance;" Boom boom...Jane Austen often allows Elinor the last word.
7. Anne Steele, Lucy's elder sister, shows herself up to be vulgar and silly; "Nay, my dear, I'm sure I don't pretend to say that there an't. I'm sure there's a vast many smart ______ in Exeter; but you know, how could I tell what smart ______ there might be about Norland; and I was only afraid the Miss Dashwoods might find it dull at Barton, if they had not so many as they used to have. But perhaps you young ladies may not care about the ______, and had as lief be without them as with them." Fill in the missing words (all the same).

Answer: beaux

Poor Anne's mind runs on 'beaux'. At least she is well-meaning unlike her younger sister, Lucy.
8. Sir John Middleton is allowed to be a friendly and hospitable man, if limited, but his wife is not treated so well. "Lady Middleton was not more than six or seven and twenty; her face was handsome, her figure tall and striking, and her address graceful. Her manners had all the elegance which her husband's wanted. But they would have been improved by some share of his frankness and warmth; and her visit was long enough to detract something from their first admiration, by shewing that, though perfectly well-bred, she was reserved, cold, and had nothing to say for herself beyond the most ________ inquiry or remark." What is the missing word that sums up Lady Middleton?

Answer: common-place

Lady Middleton has no other interest than her children, which she spoils hopelessly. Jane Austen does not take kindly to such people.
9. We first see Colonel Brandon through Marianne's eyes. "Colonel Brandon alone, of all the party, heard her {Marianne} without being in raptures. He paid her only the compliment of attention;" "His pleasure in music, though it amounted not to that ecstatic delight which alone could sympathize with her own, was estimable when contrasted against the horrible insensibility of the others; and she was reasonable enough to allow that a man of five and thirty might well have ______ all acuteness of feeling and every exquisite power of enjoyment. " Hint: He is 35, Marianne is 17.

Answer: outlived

What is more, he has a flannel waistcoat:
Elinor: "But I must object to your dooming Colonel Brandon and his {future} wife to the constant confinement of a sick chamber, merely because he chanced to complain yesterday (a very cold damp day) of a slight rheumatic feel in one of his shoulders."

"But he talked of flannel waistcoats," said Marianne; "and with me a flannel waistcoat is invariably connected with aches, cramps, rheumatisms, and every species of ailment that can afflict the old and the feeble."
10. Lady Middleton's mother Mrs Jennings is summed up: "Mrs. Jennings was a widow with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to ______ all the rest of the world." Choose the word for the blank. Hint: She was not a priest however!

Answer: marry

Mrs Jennings although good hearted is not to Marianne's taste: "She {Mrs Jennings} was remarkably quick in the discovery of attachments, and had enjoyed the advantage of raising the blushes and the vanity of many a young lady by insinuations of her power over such a young man; and this kind of discernment enabled her soon after her arrival at Barton decisively to pronounce that Colonel Brandon was very much in love with Marianne Dashwood." "At the park she laughed at the colonel, and in the cottage at Marianne." "To {Marianne} it was at first incomprehensible; and when its object was understood, she hardly knew whether most to laugh at its absurdity, or censure its impertinence, for she considered it as an unfeeling reflection on the colonel's advanced years, and on his forlorn condition as an old bachelor."
Marianne marries Colonel Brandon!
Source: Author jeremyb

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