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

2. What part of Clarissa's body does James injure during the meeting with Solmes?

3. When Lovelace and Clarissa get a room together at an inn, what do they pretend to be?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think of Lovelace's repentance at this point? Does it seem real or not?

2. Does Clarissa have the information she needs to decide whether or not to marry Lovelace? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Lovelace is right to insist on visiting Clarissa when he believes she is dying? Why or why not?

4. When Clarissa tells Miss Howe she has run off with Lovelace, she says she hopes Miss Howe will still love her. Why might she expect Miss Howe to change her feelings toward her? What do we learn about Miss Howe's personality from her reaction?

5. After Clarissa reveals that Lovelace used drugs to ravish her, the Howes suggest legal action. Why do you think no one brought up this idea before?

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

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

8. Does Clarissa's challenge to debate with James change what you think of her character? Why or why not?

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

10. How does Belford's behavior after Clarissa's death develop his character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of will power is important in "Clarissa." Discuss the role of will power in relationship to (a) Clarissa, (b) Lovelace, and (c) any one of the other characters. Be sure to describe what kinds of goals each of these characters wants to achieve and how they demonstrate (or do not demonstrate) the ability to achieve their will.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the treatment of prostitutes in "Clarissa." How do other characters, both male and female, regard the prostitutes? What kind of character do Polly and Sally reveal? Are there any sympathetic or positive representations of prostitutes in this 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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