Clarissa Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where is Clarissa planning to go while Lovelace visits the dying Lord M?

2. When the Harlowes learn that Clarissa has run off with Lovelace, which family member is actually sad for Clarissa?

3. What kind of place does Lovelace trick Clarissa into choosing for her lodging in London?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Clarissa's behavior with her coffin reinforce the earlier development of her character? Why or why not?

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

3. Why do you think Belford disagrees with Lovelace's determination to seduce Clarissa?

4. Do you think the suffering of the bad characters at the end of the novel fits their crimes?

5. Are Clarissa's letters to her family what you expected? Why or why not?

6. Do you believe Lovelace will really go through with his plot to rape Miss Howe and Mrs. Howe? Why or why not?

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

8. How does Mr. Wyerley's letter reflect on Lovelace's marriage proposals?

9. Is Lovelace's behavior after Clarissa's death what you expected? Why or why not?

10. In letters 22-30, Clarissa is given three suggestions for getting away from her family. Lovelace offers to take her away twice, and Miss Howe tells her that she should move into her grandfather's estate, which is legally hers. Do you think Clarissa should have taken one of these choices? Why or why not, and if so, which one?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marriage in the eighteenth century (especially for wealthy people) was seen both as a relationship that might begin in romance and as a legal and financial contract. Discuss three marriages in this novel in terms of their romantic and financial aspects.

Essay Topic 2

There is a great deal of irony in "Clarissa," including verbal irony, dramatic irony and situational irony. Give an example of each kind of irony and discuss its effect on the reader.

Essay Topic 3

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

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