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. Who is Mrs. Townsend?

2. Why is Clarissa's family happy that she has agreed to see Solmes?

3. What makes Lord M a bad choice for someone to give Clarissa away at the wedding?

4. Why does Lovelace think it has been easy for Clarissa to be virtuous so far?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do you think Lovelace's death reflects on his character?

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. How does the description of the way Clarissa is mourned continue to develop Clarissa's character?

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

9. Why is Clarissa's response to Charlotte explaining why she can't marry Lovelace ironic?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast three of the places Clarissa lives during the book. How does each setting reflect the people who live in it and Clarissa's situation at the time she lives there?

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