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 does Lovelace think it has been easy for Clarissa to be virtuous so far?

2. Who does Lovelace persuade Clarissa to allow to serve as a mediator between them at Mrs. Moore's house?

3. Why does Lovelace swear to get revenge on Mr. Howe and James?

4. Why does Lovelace think that Lord M dying might help him get Clarissa to marry him?

5. What does Clarissa do with the proposed marriage settlement Lovelace gives to her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think Belford disagrees with Lovelace's determination to seduce Clarissa?

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

4. Do you believe Lovelace will really go through with his plot to rape Miss Howe and Mrs. Howe? Why or why not?

5. 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?

6. After Clarissa's ravishment, she believes she is losing her mind. Lovelace blames it on the effect of the drugs he used on her. Based on her symptoms, do you think it is the drugs or the rape that makes her act the way she does?

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

8. How does the description of the way Clarissa is mourned continue to develop Clarissa's character?

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

10. Do you think that Lovelace's family is doing the right thing by encouraging him to marry Clarissa? Why or why not?

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

Discuss the treatment of prostitutes in "Clarissa." How do other characters, both male and female, regard the prostitutes? What kind of character do Polly and Sally reveal? Are there any sympathetic or positive representations of prostitutes in this novel?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Mrs. Harlowe and Mrs. Howe. How do their styles of parenting differ?

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