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. How does Pamela respond to being let down by Mr. Williams?

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

3. What aspect of Mr. B's character is displayed when he contacts the farmer to explain why Mr. B has sent Pamela there?

4. What explanation does Mr. B offer for not wanting Pamela to go to work for Lady Davers?

5. At the end of Section 7, it is evident that Mr. B has contradictory feelings about Pamela. How does he communicate these feelings to Pamela?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. In Section 3 of the novel when Mr. B intensifies his advances toward Pamela in an incident that involves Mrs. Jervis, what significant outcome results?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. How does Mr. B manipulate other characters to achieve what he wants from Pamela?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the roles of the three most active minor characters in "Pamela". To what extent do they contribute to conflict in the story and how do they assist in the resolution of such conflict?

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