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. 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?

2. Why does Dorcas refuse to answer any more questions after telling the mysterious servant that Lovelace and Clarissa are married?

3. While on their way to Lady Betty's cousin's house, what excuse does Lovelace use for stopping at Widow Sinclair's house?

4. Why is Clarissa's family happy that she has agreed to see Solmes?

5. In letters 31-36, what does Lovelace tell his friend Belford about his feelings for Clarissa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Lovelace is right to insist on visiting Clarissa when he believes she is dying? Why or why not?

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

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

4. Do you think Clarissa should give in and marry Solmes? Why or why not?

5. How does the meeting between Morden and Lovelace characterize all the men who are present?

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

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

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

9. Does Clarissa have the information she needs to decide whether or not to marry Lovelace? Why or why not?

10. How does Clarissa's will continue to develop her character?

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

Compare and contrast Widow Lovick and Widow Sinclair. Why is the status of each woman as a widow important?

Essay Topic 3

Although the form of an epistolary novel (a novel written in letters) is fairly unusual today, it was one of the most common ways for early novels to be written. Discuss the use of the epistolary form in "Clarissa." Discuss (a) the way letters are used to develop characterization, (b) the way epistolary form allows the author to create suspense, and (c) the way epistolary form allows readers to relate to characters.

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