Joseph Andrews ; with Shamela ; and Related Writings: Authoritative Texts, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism Test | Final 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 notices Didapper try to lay hold of Fanny, what ensues shortly thereafter?

2. Who has decided to write a book about the courtship of Booby and Shamela?

3. What are Mr. Booby's intentions towards Shamela?

4. What character does James Beattie think Fielding brings to masterly invention in Joseph Andrews?

5. What does Joseph show when he is in the country especially when confronted with the obstacles to marrying Fanny?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Thomas Gray say about Fielding's work?

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

3. Why is Shamela willing to hide her relationship from her mother at Williams's request?

4. What is the comparison in Marivaux's novel that is similar to Fielding's work?

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

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

7. Why is Pamela uncomfortable at the Lincolnshire estate where she is abducted?

8. In Martin C. Battlestin's "Thematic Meaning and Structure," what motifs are revealed?

9. Why is Pamela called Shamela by a clergyman?

10. What is the significance of the night adventures at Booby Hall according to Mark Spilka's "Comic Resolution in Fielding's 'Joseph Andrews'"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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