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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. How do Lovelace's friends react when they learn that Clarissa does not like them?

2. After being ravished, what is the main thing Clarissa wants from her family?

3. How does Lovelace know about everything that happens at Clarissa's house?

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

5. What goal does Lovelace say he will achieve by trying to seduce Clarissa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Clarissa's situation after she runs off with Lovelace is worse than what would have happened to her if she had stayed at her parents?

2. When Clarissa tells Miss Howe she has run off with Lovelace, she says she hopes Miss Howe will still love her. Why might she expect Miss Howe to change her feelings toward her? What do we learn about Miss Howe's personality from her reaction?

3. Do you think it's right for Miss Howe to wear mourning clothes, even though Clarissa told her not to? Why or why not?

4. Do you think Clarissa is right to keep refusing offers of money from Lovelace and Miss Howe?

5. How does Mr. Hickman compare to Lovelace and Solmes?

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

7. It seems almost impossible for Clarissa to escape Lovelace. What factors combine to make it so hard for Clarissa to escape?

8. Do you think Clarissa wants to marry Lovelace? Why or why not?

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

10. How does the reaction of Lovelace's friends to Clarissa characterize Lovelace's friends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clarissa writes constantly in this novel. What relationship does the act of writing have to Clarissa's identity? Discuss at least two moments in the novel when Clarissa's writing habit is commented on by herself or by someone else. Why is Clarissa so addicted to writing, and what effect does this have on the response of the reader to this character?

Essay Topic 2

The plot of "Clarissa" is very repetitive. As we have discussed, this repetition should be considered as a conscious strategy on the part of Richardson. Discuss the effect of repetition in the novel, being sure to address (1) Clarissa's repeated efforts to escape, both from Harlowe Place and from Lovelace, (2) Lovelace's repeated changes of heart about how to behave, and (3) the repeated efforts by Mrs. Howe to stop the letters exchanged between Miss Howe and Clarissa.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Mrs. Harlowe and Mrs. Howe. How do their styles of parenting differ?

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