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. When given the opportunity to apologize for her insolence and continue working, what does Mrs. Jervis do?

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

3. Having agreed to Pamela's departure from Bedfordshire, what condition does Mr. B impose?

4. How does Pamela react to the attempts of the ladies to see her at the dinner party?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

6. What is the significance of the dinner party about which Pamela writes 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. How does the tension between Mr B and Pamela escalate as Section 4 of the novel is completed?

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

10. In Section 6, how does Pamela reveal that she has conflicting emotions about Mr. B?

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

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 3

"Pamela" is an exploration of important themes including "love and relationships", "wealth vs. poverty" and "the triumph of virtue over vice". Using specific examples, fully discuss the author's exploration of two of these themes in the novel.

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