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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 5, in an effort to save her virtue, what does Pamela write Mr. B about?
(a) She writes telling him of her misery.
(b) She writes telling him of her misery and begging him not to see her.
(c) She threatens to inform the clergyman about her troubles.
(d) She threatens to tell Lady Davers about her troubles.

2. What does Mr. B first offer Pamela in fulfillment of his mother's wishes?
(a) A job in his sister's house.
(b) Four guineas.
(c) Clothes.
(d) To pay her way home.

3. What reference does Mr. B make to Mr. Williams in one of the articles contained in his proposition to Pamela?
(a) He wants an assurance that Mr. Williams had no encouragement from Pamela.
(b) He wants Pamela to have no contact with Mr. Williams.
(c) He wants Pamela to write to the Church complaining about the actions of Mr. Williams.
(d) He wants Pamela to give details about all the discussions between Pamela and Mr. Williams.

4. In Section 4, when Pamela hears of the possibility of Mr. B visiting Lincolnshire, how does she try to end the problems between her and Mr. B?
(a) She asks Mrs. Jewkes to tell him she wishes to be left alone.
(b) She writes him a letter begging him not to see her.
(c) She asks a clergyman to warn Mr. B about approaching her.
(d) She asks Mr. Longman to speak to Mr. B.

5. By the end of Section 1, it is evident that the author is making use of the epistolary style of writing. To what does this refer?
(a) The many biblical allusions.
(b) The relationships between different social classes.
(c) The pastoral setting in which the action takes place.
(d) The exchange of letters between the characters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What characteristic of the society is made evident in Section 3 of the novel when Mr. B terminates the employment of servants?

2. How does Mr. B react to Pamela after she responds to his proposition and the articles he proposed in it?

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

4. What event leads Pamela to plot her own escape?

5. According to Pamela's father, how important is it for Pamela to maintain her virtue?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Mr. B's attempts to have his way with Pamela in Section 7, what changes does Mr. B make in the guidelines affecting Pamela's activities?

2. What complications does Mr. B design in order to keep Pamela under his control after she leaves his estate?

3. 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?

4. In Section 7, when Mr. B finally summons Pamela, what surprising development takes place?

5. What are the early indications that Mr. B is making inappropriate approaches to Pamela?

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

7. 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?

8. In Section 3 of the novel when Mr. B intensifies his advances toward Pamela in an incident that involves Mrs. Jervis, what significant outcome results?

9. How is Mr. Williams' role in helping Pamela to escape brought to an end in Section 6?

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

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