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. What advice do Pamela's parents send her in response to Mr. Williams' earlier suggestion to Pamela?

2. What is the alternative title of the novel?

3. What incident that occurs in Section 2, does Mr. B ask Pamela to keep a secret?

4. What reference does Mr. B make to Mr. Williams in one of the articles contained in his proposition to Pamela?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What important aspects of the plot are revealed through Pamela's first letter to her parents?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Outline the characteristics of "the novel of manners" and discuss the evidence that "Pamela" deserves this classification.

Essay Topic 3

An important aspect of the novel's impact lies in the ability of the author to portray character effectively. Justifying your answer with reference to specific examples, discuss the methods used by the author to portray two major and two minor characters in the story.

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