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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. In addition to the information about the Widow Sinclair, what else does the revealing letter from Miss Howe say?

2. When Clarissa runs away after the fire, what does she plan to do if Lovelace does not find her?

3. Whose house is Clarissa staying in while in London?

4. Why does Lovelace spread a rumor that James still plans to kidnap Clarissa?

5. Who is Tomlinson, really?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

5. In letters 22-30, Clarissa is given three suggestions for getting away from her family. Lovelace offers to take her away twice, and Miss Howe tells her that she should move into her grandfather's estate, which is legally hers. Do you think Clarissa should have taken one of these choices? Why or why not, and if so, which one?

6. How does Mr. Hickman compare to Lovelace and Solmes?

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

8. 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?

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

10. How does Clarissa's discussion with the doctor about her death characterize her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast Belford and Lovelace. Both of them are strongly effected by their relationship with Clarissa. Compare and contrast their responses to her.

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