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. What does James plan to do with Clarissa if he "rescues" her?

2. What does Clarissa do with the proposed marriage settlement Lovelace gives to her?

3. Why does Mr. Belford disapprove of Lovelace's plan to "test" Clarissa?

4. Why do the women at Mrs. Moore's house take Lovelace's side?

5. When does Clarissa say she will set a wedding date?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What options does Clarissa have other than seeking protection with Lovelace's aunt?

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

5. How does the reaction of Lovelace's friends to Clarissa characterize Lovelace's friends?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What is the point of Clarissa leaving nothing to James, Arabella or Lovelace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 Belford and Lovelace. Both of them are strongly effected by their relationship with Clarissa. Compare and contrast their responses to her.

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