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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. After the Howes learn of Lovelace's many tricks and his use of drugs to rape Clarissa, what do they think Clarissa should do?
2. Why does Clarissa faint when she finds out that they cannot leave the Widow Sinclair's house because Charlotte is sick?
3. Who does Lovelace persuade Clarissa to allow to serve as a mediator between them at Mrs. Moore's house?
4. Why is Clarissa's family happy that she has agreed to see Solmes?
5. What does Lovelace tell Clarissa that makes her feel bad for him?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. After Clarissa's return to the Widow Sinclair's house, do you think that she is right to be more pessimistic about the final outcome of her relationship with Lovelace?
3. How does the description of the way Clarissa is mourned continue to develop Clarissa's character?
4. How does Mr. Hickman compare to Lovelace and Solmes?
5. What do you think Clarissa's last request is, and why?
6. Why do you think Clarissa is so concerned about the curse her father put on her?
7. It seems almost impossible for Clarissa to escape Lovelace. What factors combine to make it so hard for Clarissa to escape?
8. Is Miss Howe a good friend to Clarissa? Why or why not?
9. Is Lovelace's behavior after Clarissa's death what you expected? Why or why not?
10. What do you expect the provisions of Clarissa's will are like?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The plot of "Clarissa" is very repetitive. As we have discussed, this repetition should be considered as a conscious strategy on the part of Richardson. Discuss the effect of repetition in the novel, being sure to address (1) Clarissa's repeated efforts to escape, both from Harlowe Place and from Lovelace, (2) Lovelace's repeated changes of heart about how to behave, and (3) the repeated efforts by Mrs. Howe to stop the letters exchanged between Miss Howe and Clarissa.
Essay Topic 2
Analyze the techniques Richardson uses to develop characterization in "Clarissa." Using examples from any character, discuss how Richardson develops his characters through (a) their own representation of themselves in their own writing, (b) reports of what the characters do and say, and (c) what other characters say about them. What are the differences among these three methods of representing characters, in terms of how much weight each kind of evidence has?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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