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 does Mr. B communicate to the farmer about Pamela?

2. At the end of Section 2, what is the reaction of the other servants to Pamela's departure from Mr. B's estate?

3. In the preface to the novel, what phrase is used to describe the category to which it belongs?

4. In Section 6, after the news of Mr. B's planned visit to Lincolnshire, Mrs. Jewkes frightens Pamela with information about a new scheme that Mr. B is supposedly planning. What is this scheme?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. How does the tension between Mr B and Pamela escalate as Section 4 of the novel is completed?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including "Pamela" in the Literature syllabus for high school students?

Essay Topic 2

Select an incident that you consider important to the reader's appreciation of any aspect of "Pamela". Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected incident to action, suspense, tension, and conflict or its resolution in the story.

Essay Topic 3

Write a character sketch of Mr. B presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on the impact of his behavior on the reader at different stages of the plot.

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