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

2. 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?

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

4. Which of Lovelace's friends is pleased to learn of Clarissa's escape?

5. Where does Lovelace offer to take Clarissa to get her away from her family?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. How does Clarissa's will continue to develop her character?

7. Do you think that Lovelace's family is doing the right thing by encouraging him to marry Clarissa? Why or why not?

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

9. When Lovelace says he loves and hates Clarissa simultaneously, and can you see his point of view? Why or why not?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose any one of the major characters (Clarissa, Lovelace, Belford or Miss Howe). Does the character change during the novel? Why or why not? Does the way the other characters view the character you chose match the way you view the character? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The role of women in eighteenth-century society is important in understanding what happens to Clarissa. Analyze how the social norms for young women determine what options are available to Clarissa at each point in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the techniques Richardson uses to develop characterization in "Clarissa." Using examples from any character, discuss how Richardson develops his characters through (a) their own representation of themselves in their own writing, (b) reports of what the characters do and say, and (c) what other characters say about them. What are the differences among these three methods of representing characters, in terms of how much weight each kind of evidence has?

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