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 Lovelace tell Clarissa that makes her feel bad for him?

2. When the Harlowes learn that Clarissa has run off with Lovelace, which family member is actually sad for Clarissa?

3. When Clarissa threatens to commit suicide in the dining room, what weapon does she have with her?

4. In the dream Clarissa has, what does Lovelace do to her?

5. Who does Miss Howe threaten to take revenge on when her mother refuses to give Clarissa protection?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think the suffering of the bad characters at the end of the novel fits their crimes?

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

3. 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?

4. Is Miss Howe a good friend to Clarissa? Why or why not?

5. Dolly says that if she were in Clarissa's position, she would marry Lovelace. What do you think Clarissa should do?

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

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

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

9. When Lovelace says he loves and hates Clarissa simultaneously, and can you see his point of view? Why or why not?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast all of the death scenes in the novel. Considering just the death scenes, what message do you think the novel has for the reader?

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

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.

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