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. Which of the following words best describe the attitude reflected in Mr. B's proposition and in the articles that he presents to Pamela?

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

3. When Mr. Andrews arrives looking for Pamela, how does Mr. B explain her absence?

4. About what plan devised by Mr. B against Mr. Williams does Pamela accidentally read in a letter from Mr. B?

5. After Mr. Williams is involved in an incident and is visited by Mrs. Jewkes, how does he let Pamela down?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. After Pamela rejects Mr. B's proposal for her to become his mistress, to what lengths does he go to have his way with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is reasonable to assume that the author thought carefully about the alternative title "Or Virtue Rewarded". Compare and contrast the relative merits and demerits of the titles "Pamela" and "Virtue Rewarded"

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

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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