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. After the dinner party when Mr B disguises himself and frightens Pamela, how does she react?

2. As Section 3 begins, what is the reaction of Mr. B's dinner party guests to the rumors about Pamela?

3. After Mr. Williams apologizes to Pamela for disclosing their plans, who writes to him about Mr. B's plans to visit?

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

5. In whom does Pamela confide about the incident with Mr. B?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The novel is essentially a story about the theme of resisting the advances of a wealthy master. Explain the characteristics of the society in which the novel is set, makes this story line a viable one and comment on whether it would be equally viable in the modern world.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the view that "Pamela" is a vehicle through which Samuel Richardson promotes the idea of virtue and the dangers of exposing innocent young women to worldly men.

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