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. Who refuses to give Joseph credit to pay his bill at the inn?

2. What does Adams want from Trulliber?

3. What does Fielding satirize while describing biographies?

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

5. What does Wilson see the pleasures of the world as?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fielding introduce through the character of Barnabas in regards to clergy?

2. What does Joseph's encounter with the stagecoach reveal?

3. What does Fielding reveal about Betty through her actions that shows some conflict in her character?

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

5. What is the major theme of Fielding's book?

6. How does Fielding contrast biographies and romances?

7. What is the importance of the Preface to "Joseph Andrews" for the remainder of the book?

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

9. Why does Adams admonish Joseph for grieving over Fanny when she is kidnapped?

10. How do Adams and the sportsman differ in their reaction to the screams of the young woman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Secrecy is a recurring theme in Joseph Andrews; with Shamela; and Related Writings. Which characters have secrets and what are they? How are these secrets revealed? Do these secrets result in ominous consequences or not? Do any of them have happy endings?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Parson Williams. What is his role in Joseph Andrews; with Shamela; and Related Writings? What was Fielding trying to accomplish by creating his character in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Describe some of the settings for Joseph Andrews; with Shamela; and Related Writings. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period, and any pertinent popular culture events. How do these settings, even if imaginary, reflect modern settings or culture? Why did the author choose to use these places in the tales?

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