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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Clarissa decide London might be an acceptable place to stay?
(a) She hopes to escape and join some travelling actors.
(b) She knows she can catch a plane to America at Heathrow.
(c) She thinks Lovelace might be more likely to leave her alone in London.
(d) She thinks it will be easier to get married in London.

2. What important news does Colonel Morden's letter contain?
(a) Colonel Morden thinks Clarissa should have married Solmes.
(b) Colonel Morden is never returning to England.
(c) Colonel Morden has challenged James to a duel.
(d) Colonel Morden has learned that Lovelace is really Clarissa's brother.

3. At the end of this section (letters 56-74), who is Clarissa pinning her hopes on?
(a) Her uncle Antony.
(b) Her aunt Hervey.
(c) Her brother James.
(d) Colonel Morden.

4. What drug does Lovelace blame for Clarissa's apparent madness after he ravishes her?
(a) Marijuana.
(b) Opium.
(c) Cocaine.
(d) Alcohol.

5. Why doesn't Clarissa read the letter from Miss Howe that tells her that Widow Sinclair keeps a house of prostitution as soon as the letter arrives?
(a) Because Clarissa is not speaking to Miss Howe.
(b) Because Clarissa has fainted again.
(c) Because the letter arrives after Clarissa has run away.
(d) Because Mr. Solmes intercepted the letter, so it never got to Widow Sinclair's house.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Miss Howe finds out that Clarissa has run off with Lovelace, what does Miss Howe advise Clarissa to do?

2. Which two characters visit Clarissa in letters 37-45 to try to persuade her to marry Solmes?

3. What does Miss Howe learn is the truth about Lovelace and Rosebud?

4. Why do the women at Mrs. Moore's house take Lovelace's side?

5. Lovelace tells his friend Belford that he's happy to have Clarissa under his control, but that only one thing takes away from his happiness. What is that one thing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the meeting between Morden and Lovelace characterize all the men who are present?

2. Why do you think Lovelace can not maintain his feelings of repentance?

3. How does Belford's behavior after Clarissa's death develop his character?

4. After Clarissa reveals that Lovelace used drugs to ravish her, the Howes suggest legal action. Why do you think no one brought up this idea before?

5. Describe Mr. Lovelace's character as it has been revealed in Letters 1-10.

6. Does Clarissa have the information she needs to decide whether or not to marry Lovelace? Why or why not?

7. Do you believe that Lovelace is really repentant when he tells Mr. Hickman and Miss Howe that he is, at Colonel Ambrose's ball?

8. After Clarissa's return to the Widow Sinclair's house, do you think that she is right to be more pessimistic about the final outcome of her relationship with Lovelace?

9. When Miss Howe describes Clarissa's character in response to Belford's request, how closely does the description Miss Howe gives fit your understanding of Clarissa's character as it has been developed earlier in the novel?

10. What options does Clarissa have other than seeking protection with Lovelace's aunt?

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