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. While becoming more restricted by Mrs. Jewkes at Lincolnshire, how does Pamela try to get help?

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

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

4. What reason does Mr. B give for insisting that he must find Pamela a husband?

5. In Section 7 when Mr. B makes his surprising new approach to Pamela, how many articles does Mr. B outline to her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Mr. B and Pamela and comment on the role played by this relationship in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Using specific examples, discuss the author's treatment of the theme "use and abuse of status, wealth and power" in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

In adapting plays and novels for screen, producers and directors often make significant changes to the themes, characters and plot lines of the original. Having studied this novel in detail, evaluate the assertion that the themes, characters and plot lines of "Pamela" would have to be significantly modified to be a successful production for modern screen.

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