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. What does Fielding believe that biographies copy instead of creating originals?

2. Who sends for the clergyman in Chapter 13?

3. What does Fielding satirize while describing biographies?

4. Who does the the squire's retinue kidnap?

5. When Joseph kisses the woman who came in search of him, how does Mrs. Slipslop respond?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the inn hostess initially helpful to Adam?

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

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

4. How is Trulliber revealed as a greedy clergyman?

5. How will Wilson be able to identify his lost son?

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

7. 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?

8. Why is Lady Booby jealous of Fanny?

9. How does Fielding contrast Barnabas and the surgeon with Adams, Joseph, and Betty?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Education is an important theme throughout the story. Who is educated? Who is not? What is the importance of a school education versus one of "real life"? How does Joseph gain knowledge in both? How does he change?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the depiction of the female character of Fanny in the book with Shamela. How are their ultimate experiences similar? What is the lesson that the author wishes to convey through these examples?

Essay Topic 3

Coming of age is a major theme of Joseph Andrews. How is this theme explored and expressed in the book? What experiences does Joseph have that help him progress into adulthood?

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