Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Miss Howe recommend Clarissa save her reputation?
2. Why do the women at Mrs. Moore's house take Lovelace's side?
3. When the Harlowes learn that Clarissa has run off with Lovelace, which family member is actually sad for Clarissa?
4. What does Clarissa do with the proposed marriage settlement Lovelace gives to her?
5. In the dream Clarissa has, what does Lovelace do to her?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Lovelace can not maintain his feelings of repentance?
2. Why does Clarissa dislike Lovelace's party so much?
3. Does Clarissa's behavior with her coffin reinforce the earlier development of her character? Why or why not?
4. Why do you think Belford disagrees with Lovelace's determination to seduce Clarissa?
5. Do you agree with Lovelace's interpretation of Clarissa's letter about going to her "father's house"? Why or why not?
6. Do you believe Lovelace will really go through with his plot to rape Miss Howe and Mrs. Howe? Why or why not?
7. How does the description of the way Clarissa is mourned continue to develop Clarissa's character?
8. In letters 1-21, Clarissa's family tries to control her behavior. Discuss at least two of her family members and explain their motivations to behave the way they do toward her.
9. Does Clarissa have the information she needs to decide whether or not to marry Lovelace? Why or why not?
10. 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?
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?
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.
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?
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