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

2. 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?

3. How does Pamela respond to Mr. B's proposition and the articles contained in it?

4. As Pamela discovers her situation with Mrs. Jewkes in Section 5, how does Pamela seek assistance from Mr. Williams?

5. In the preface to the novel, what phrase is used to describe the category to which it belongs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Section 3 of the novel, how does Mr. B's increasing interference with Pamela reveal aspects of his character and create tension?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Comment on the importance in a novel of the narrative devices chosen by the writer and discuss with reference to this novel, the strengths and limitations of the epistolary device.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of love plays an important part in "Pamela" but there are many types of love. Using specific examples, discuss the author's portrayal of filial, romantic, familial, and pretended love in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Mr. and Mrs. Andrews are towering figures in the life of Pamela and they establish the power of simplicity, virtue and commitment in a complex and frightening world. Discuss the evidence provided by the author of the complex and frightening world in which Pamela finds herself and comment on the role of her parents in establishing that honor and virtue are powerful means of survival in such a world.

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