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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. When Clarissa visits Lovelace's bedroom in her nightgown, what does she ask him?

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

3. What does Clarissa do with the proposed marriage settlement Lovelace gives to her?

4. Why does Arabella say the Harlowes refuse to send Clarissa her money or jewelry?

5. Who does Mrs. Howe blame for her own refusal of Uncle Antony's marriage proposal?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Clarissa selling her clothes to pay for her funeral reflect on her situation?

2. 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?

3. Why does Clarissa dislike Lovelace's party so much?

4. What do you expect the provisions of Clarissa's will are like?

5. What do you think Lovelace means when he says he loves Clarissa? In other words, how do you think Lovelace would define love?

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

7. After Clarissa's ravishment, she believes she is losing her mind. Lovelace blames it on the effect of the drugs he used on her. Based on her symptoms, do you think it is the drugs or the rape that makes her act the way she does?

8. In letters 1-21, Clarissa's family tries to control her behavior. Discuss at least two of her family members and explain their motivations to behave the way they do toward her.

9. Is Miss Howe a good friend to Clarissa? Why or why not?

10. In terms of symbolism, compare the bloody nose Clarissa gets while trying to escape from Widow Sinclair's house with the earlier injury to her hand when her brother tried to make her hold Mr. Solmes's hand.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Belford and Lovelace. Both of them are strongly effected by their relationship with Clarissa. Compare and contrast their responses to her.

Essay Topic 2

There are many examples of people having a hard time telling whether a person or object in front of them is what it appears to be. What do you think Richardson's message about deception is? Support your answer with three examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Although the form of an epistolary novel (a novel written in letters) is fairly unusual today, it was one of the most common ways for early novels to be written. Discuss the use of the epistolary form in "Clarissa." Discuss (a) the way letters are used to develop characterization, (b) the way epistolary form allows the author to create suspense, and (c) the way epistolary form allows readers to relate to characters.

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