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. Why do Arabella and James want Clarissa to marry Solmes before Colonel Morden returns?

2. Who is courting Mrs. Howe?

3. Why does Mr. Belford disapprove of Lovelace's plan to "test" Clarissa?

4. What contest does Clarissa challenge James to?

5. Why does Clarissa decide London might be an acceptable place to stay?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the point of Clarissa leaving nothing to James, Arabella or Lovelace?

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

5. How does Arabella's letter refusing to forgive Clarissa develop Arabella's character?

6. It seems almost impossible for Clarissa to escape Lovelace. What factors combine to make it so hard for Clarissa to escape?

7. Does Clarissa's challenge to debate with James change what you think of her character? Why or why not?

8. How does the reaction of Lovelace's friends to Clarissa characterize Lovelace's friends?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clarissa writes constantly in this novel. What relationship does the act of writing have to Clarissa's identity? Discuss at least two moments in the novel when Clarissa's writing habit is commented on by herself or by someone else. Why is Clarissa so addicted to writing, and what effect does this have on the response of the reader to this character?

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

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.

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