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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 Tomlinson, really?

2. After Clarissa's family decide they don't want her to marry Lovelace, who do they pick out for her to marry instead?

3. 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?

4. What does Lord M promise to do if Lovelace marries Clarissa but is a bad husband?

5. When James writes to Clarissa and tells her she is basically under house arrest, where exactly does he tell her she has to stay?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. How does Clarissa's discussion with the doctor about her death characterize her?

5. 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?

6. Why do you think Lovelace can not maintain his feelings of repentance?

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

8. 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?

9. In letter 31, we see one of Lovelace's own letters for the first time. Does he seem different than you expected, or about the same? Why and how?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What message do you think "Clarissa" has about the right way to run a family, if any? What advice do you think a parent in the eighteenth-century might have taken from this novel for running their own family?

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

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?

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