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. How does Lovelace's talk with the God of Love about Clarissa end?

2. Clarissa admits she would prefer Lovelace if only he had what quality?

3. After Lovelace's party, what request does Clarissa get from Miss Partington?

4. In letter 21, how is Clarissa punished for refusing to be nice to Mr. Solmes?

5. Which of the following is one of the things Lovelace wrote in a forged letter, which is made to look like it was written by Miss Howe?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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 the suffering of the bad characters at the end of the novel fits their crimes?

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

6. Lovelace says he does not want to use force, but he doesn't know how to overcome Clarissa's will. What options does he have?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Foreshadowing is used frequently in Clarissa. Give at least two examples of foreshadowing of events that later occur. How does foreshadowing affect the reader's response to the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Widow Lovick and Widow Sinclair. Why is the status of each woman as a widow important?

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