Pamela, or, Virtue Rewarded Test | Mid-Book 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. To whom does Pamela write a letter referring to what Mr. Williams proposes?

2. In what century was "Pamela" written?

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

4. Following the dinner party incidents, what does Mr. B do to Pamela?

5. Faced with the realization that she is worried about Mr. B's condition, what concern does Pamela have about her response?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What other warnings do Pamela's parents give her at the beginning of the novel?

9. What role does Mrs. Jewkes play in Section 4 of the novel?

10. How does Pamela deal with the approaches made by Mr B and what is the result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Identify incidents in which Samuel Richardson makes use of disguise, surprise and accidental discoveries as devices to advance the plot. Discuss their effects on the development of the story.

Essay Topic 3

Select an incident that you consider important to the reader's appreciation of any aspect of "Pamela". Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected incident to action, suspense, tension, and conflict or its resolution in the story.

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