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 makes Lovelace vomit?

2. Why does Lovelace think that Lord M dying might help him get Clarissa to marry him?

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

4. Which of Lovelace's friends is pleased to learn of Clarissa's escape?

5. Why does Lovelace expect to be pardoned if he succeeds in his plan to rape Mrs. Howe and Miss Howe?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. How does the conversation between Belford and Hickman in the coffeehouse characterize Belford?

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

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. What do you think Clarissa's last request is, and why?

10. Are Clarissa's letters to her family what you expected? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast three of the places Clarissa lives during the book. How does each setting reflect the people who live in it and Clarissa's situation at the time she lives there?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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