Joseph Andrews ; with Shamela ; and Related Writings: Authoritative Texts, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism 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. When Joseph kisses the woman who came in search of him, how does Mrs. Slipslop respond?

2. Whose Methodist doctrines do Adam and Barnabas discuss that invoke the ire of the clergy?

3. At what age does Joseph become an attendant?

4. What does Parson Trulliber try to sell Adams?

5. What kind of a priest does Adams converse with after escaping the squire's retinue?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lady Booby try to prevent Fanny from marrying Joseph?

2. How does London appear as a center of vice in Section 1: Joseph Andrews, Preface and Book 1, Chapters 1 through 12?

3. When Adams's wife chides him on opposing the Booby household, what does Adam reveal about his inclinations?

4. When Mrs. Slipslop's encourages Lady Booby to marry Joseph, why is Lady Booby indignant?

5. Why does the squire pursue Adams, Joseph, and Fanny?

6. What is the theme that Fielding illustrates through the argument in the alehouse and Mrs. Slipslop's arrival?

7. Why is Pounce considered selfish by Adams despite rescuing Fanny?

8. In what ways does Joseph reveal that he is maturing in how he responds to the gentleman's visit, differing from Adam's point of view?

9. Why is Lady Booby jealous of Fanny?

10. How are the natures of Adams and Mrs. Slipslop revealed in their responses to Joseph and Fanny's reunion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Adventure is a recurring theme in Joseph Andrews; with Shamela; and Related Writings. Why is adventure important? How does this help Joseph grow? How does this whet his appetite for life? Describe some of the changes and experiences Joseph has through his adventures. Do these changes result in positive or negative consequences?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Fielding's use of humor in the story. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor, and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

Corruption in society is a prevailing theme of Joseph Andrews; with Shamela; and Related Writings. Fielding frequently refers to this theme, painting a bleak picture of London society. Which characters appear corrupt and why? Which characters appear to rise above corruption even if they were initially vulnerable to it? What is your opinion of the society that Fielding describes?

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