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 Miss Howe recommend Clarissa save her reputation?

2. On whose birthday does Lovelace tentatively plan a wedding?

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

4. Why does Clarissa run away after the fire at Widow Sinclair's house?

5. How does Captain Tomlinson feel about helping to trick Clarissa after talking with her at Mrs. Moore's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do you think Lovelace means when he says he loves Clarissa? In other words, how do you think Lovelace would define love?

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

6. Do you agree with Lovelace's interpretation of Clarissa's letter about going to her "father's house"? Why or why not?

7. How does Clarissa selling her clothes to pay for her funeral reflect on her situation?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Marriage in the eighteenth century (especially for wealthy people) was seen both as a relationship that might begin in romance and as a legal and financial contract. Discuss three marriages in this novel in terms of their romantic and financial aspects.

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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