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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. To whom does Pamela write a letter referring to what Mr. Williams proposes?
(a) Mr. B.
(b) Mrs. Jervis.
(c) Mrs. Jewkes.
(d) Her father.

2. By the end of Section 1, Pamela is established as the main character pursuing a goal and Mr. B as the character who is presenting obstacles to her accomplishing her goal. Which of the following pair of words best describes these two roles?
(a) Protagonist and antagonist.
(b) Lead Roles.
(c) Protagonist and villain.
(d) Heroine and villain.

3. According to a short narrative passage in Section 4 after Pamela is due to go home, what new betrayal has Pamela suffered?
(a) Robin has been reading her letters and reporting to Mr. B.
(b) Jonathan the messenger who delivers her letters to her parents, is employed to Mr. B who has been reading them.
(c) Mrs. Jervis has been intercepting her letters for Mr. B.
(d) Mrs. Jewkes has been reading her letters and reporting to Mr. B.

4. What attitude does Mr. B show towards Pamela's virtue in Section 3 as she prepares to go home?
(a) He mocks it and predicts that someone will have it.
(b) He considers it insincere.
(c) He considers it an obstacle.
(d) He respects it.

5. In the preface to the novel, what phrase is used to describe the category to which it belongs?
(a) Picaresque.
(b) Coming of age.
(c) Novel of manners.
(d) Romance.

Short Answer Questions

1. What incident that occurs in Section 2, does Mr. B ask Pamela to keep a secret?

2. After Mr. B decides to send Pamela home, what excuse does he use to delay her departure?

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

4. How does Pamela respond to her parents' advice?

5. After the dinner party when Mr B disguises himself and frightens Pamela, how does she react?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the foundation of Pamela's virtue established and reinforced in Section 2 when questions arise about Mr. B's intentions towards her?

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

3. How does the tension between Mr B and Pamela escalate as Section 4 of the novel is completed?

4. How does Mr. B intensify his advances toward Pamela after the argument at the party?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. In Section 5, what role does Mr. Williams play in regard to Pamela's situation at Lincolnshire?

10. How does his proposal in Section 7 demonstrate Mr. B's character?

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