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. How does Clarissa learn that the "Lady Betty" she first saw in London was an impostor?

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

3. What does the Widow Sinclair overhear that makes her angry with Clarissa?

4. Which two characters visit Clarissa in letters 37-45 to try to persuade her to marry Solmes?

5. What important news does Colonel Morden's letter contain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think Clarissa's last request is, and why?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Does Clarissa's behavior with her coffin reinforce the earlier development of her character? Why or why not?

8. When Clarissa tells Miss Howe she has run off with Lovelace, she says she hopes Miss Howe will still love her. Why might she expect Miss Howe to change her feelings toward her? What do we learn about Miss Howe's personality from her reaction?

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

10. Explain why Clarissa would think she has a "duty" to ask her family to give her a last blessing.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many examples of people having a hard time telling whether a person or object in front of them is what it appears to be. What do you think Richardson's message about deception is? Support your answer with three examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

What message do you think "Clarissa" has about the right way to run a family, if any? What advice do you think a parent in the eighteenth-century might have taken from this novel for running their own family?

Essay Topic 3

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

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