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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. Who does Clarissa write to, asking for help persuading her father not to force her to marry Solmes?

3. In letters 31-36, what does Lovelace tell his friend Belford about his feelings for Clarissa?

4. At the end of this section (letters 56-74), who is Clarissa pinning her hopes on?

5. Who wrote the letter about Lovelace that Solmes reads?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you expect the provisions of Clarissa's will are like?

2. Why does Clarissa dislike Lovelace's party so much?

3. When Lovelace says he loves and hates Clarissa simultaneously, and can you see his point of view? Why or why not?

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

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

6. Describe Mr. Lovelace's character as it has been revealed in Letters 1-10.

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why do you think Clarissa is so concerned about the curse her father put on her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the ideals of masculinity and femininity as they are revealed in "Clarissa," and evaluate at least one female and one male character in terms of the way they fulfill their role as a man or woman.

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is used frequently in Clarissa. Give at least two examples of foreshadowing of events that later occur. How does foreshadowing affect the reader's response to the novel?

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