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. Who does Lovelace persuade Clarissa to allow to serve as a mediator between them at Mrs. Moore's house?

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

3. How does Clarissa know what Lovelace and Tomlinson said to each other?

4. Lovelace tells his friend Belford that he's happy to have Clarissa under his control, but that only one thing takes away from his happiness. What is that one thing?

5. When Clarissa seems willing to marry Lovelace in order to reconcile with her family, why does that bother Lovelace?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you expect the provisions of Clarissa's will are like?

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

3. Do you think it is fair for Clarissa to have decided that because of the fire she will never marry Lovelace?

4. Why do you think Clarissa keeps refusing the money people offer her?

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

6. After Clarissa's return to the Widow Sinclair's house, do you think that she is right to be more pessimistic about the final outcome of her relationship with Lovelace?

7. When Miss Howe describes Clarissa's character in response to Belford's request, how closely does the description Miss Howe gives fit your understanding of Clarissa's character as it has been developed earlier in the novel?

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

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

10. How does Mr. Wyerley's letter reflect on Lovelace's marriage proposals?

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

Choose any one of the major characters (Clarissa, Lovelace, Belford or Miss Howe). Does the character change during the novel? Why or why not? Does the way the other characters view the character you chose match the way you view the character? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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