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 Mrs. Slipslop is suspiciously affectionate toward Joseph, one lady begs for the story of _____to be resumed in order to avoid improper consequences

2. To what is Joseph tied by the squire's retinue?

3. Since Joseph is not well enough to travel, from whom does Adams ask to borrow money to travel?

4. When hounds chasing a hare attack Adams, who defends Adams?

5. Who is the admirer that the eighteen-year-old whose story is told by a lady in the coach singles out as her potential mate?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Adams similar to Don Quixote?

2. In Dick Taylor Jr.'s "Joseph as Hero in 'Joseph Andrews,'" how is Joseph characterized?

3. How is Pamela different from Shamela in her reaction to Mr. Booby?

4. Why does Shamela plot to seduce Mr. Booby?

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

6. In "An Essay on the Knowledge of the Characters of Men," what does Fielding say about deceit?

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

8. How does Fielding show his political beliefs in his work?

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

10. In "Essay on Reputation," how does Fielding distinguish virtue and vice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the social, cultural, and economic environment of Joseph Andrews. What are common customs? What is considered taboo? How do characters such as the Parson and clergyman offer his values and beliefs to Joseph? What effect does this have on Joseph and which values does he adopt?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in Joseph Andrews; with Shamela; and Related Writings. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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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