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 is Miss Howe?

2. How does Lovelace know about everything that happens at Clarissa's house?

3. When does Clarissa say she will set a wedding date?

4. On whose birthday does Lovelace tentatively plan a wedding?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After Lovelace has his "debate" with the God of Love, do you believe he has really changed his intentions toward Clarissa?

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

4. Do you think Clarissa's situation after she runs off with Lovelace is worse than what would have happened to her if she had stayed at her parents?

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

6. Lovelace says he does not want to use force, but he doesn't know how to overcome Clarissa's will. What options does he have?

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. How do you think Lovelace's death reflects on his character?

9. Why is Clarissa's response to Charlotte explaining why she can't marry Lovelace ironic?

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

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 2

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 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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