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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the end of Section 7, it is evident that Mr. B has contradictory feelings about Pamela. How does he communicate these feelings to Pamela?
(a) He praises Pamela but confesses he cannot stand the thought of marriage nor the thought of her marrying another man.
(b) He wants to be with her but his social status forbids this.
(c) He has already comitted to someone but he cannot do without Pamela.
(d) He cannot marry her but he loves her.

2. What event results in Pamela's first letter to her parents?
(a) Mr. B's advances.
(b) The loss of Pamela's job.
(c) Mr. B's gift.
(d) The death of Pamela's lady.

3. Why does Pamela wish that Mr. B would give her money instead of nice clothes?
(a) Because she is not interested in clothes
(b) So she can send money for her parents.
(c) So she can go home.
(d) Because she wants to save for the future.

4. Faced with the realization that she is worried about Mr. B's condition, what concern does Pamela have about her response?
(a) She fears that she has feelings for him.
(b) She wonders why she cannot hate him.
(c) She fears that Mr. B will use this against her.
(d) She is annoyed with herself.

5. After being confronted by Pamela, what does Robin do about his assistance to Mr. B and his scheme against Pamela?
(a) He apologizes.
(b) He tells Pamela that he will make it up to her by helping her.
(c) He promises to stop helping Mr. B.
(d) He explains that he has no choice but to help Mr. B.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of Section 2, what is the reaction of the other servants to Pamela's departure from Mr. B's estate?

2. When Mr. B arrives at Lincolnshire and ignores Pamela, what does Pamela worry about?

3. What is the response of Pamela's parents to her first letter?

4. In what century was "Pamela" written?

5. In Section 6, after the news of Mr. B's planned visit to Lincolnshire, Mrs. Jewkes frightens Pamela with information about a new scheme that Mr. B is supposedly planning. What is this scheme?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the preface to the novel, reference is made to the comment by the editor of "Pamela" that the book will become the standard for this style of writing. To what style of writing does the novel belong?

2. As Pamela leaves for Lincolnshire what part do letters play in advancing the plot?

3. What important aspects of the plot are revealed through Pamela's first letter to her parents?

4. In Section 6, how does Pamela reveal that she has conflicting emotions about Mr. B?

5. How does Section 6 highlight the intensity of Pamela's struggle to save her virtue?

6. From the very beginning, Pamela's parents seem to be aware of Mr. B as a danger to Pamela's virtue. In what way does this foreshadow later events?

7. What is the significance of the dinner party about which Pamela writes her parents?

8. What character traits of Mrs. Jewkes are revealed in Section 5 as she acts as Mr. B's ally?

9. How do the circumstances of Pamela's life cause her to adopt one of the flaws in Mr. B's character?

10. What role does Mrs. Jervis play in the beginning of the story?

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