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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Colonel Morden's plan for what Clarissa should do if she doesn't die?
2. How does Widow Sinclair act when Belford tells her she's dying?
3. What do the Hickmans name their daughter?
4. Besides the Harlowes' servants, what other servants does Clarissa leave money to?
5. What does Morden bring Clarissa?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although the form of an epistolary novel (a novel written in letters) is fairly unusual today, it was one of the most common ways for early novels to be written. Discuss the use of the epistolary form in "Clarissa." Discuss (a) the way letters are used to develop characterization, (b) the way epistolary form allows the author to create suspense, and (c) the way epistolary form allows readers to relate to characters.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast all of the death scenes in the novel. Considering just the death scenes, what message do you think the novel has for the reader?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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