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. After failing to help Pamela escape, Mr. Williams writes to her introducing a different subject. What is the subject?

3. In Section 4 when Mr. B writes to Mr. Andrews, what does Mr. B allege about the liberties he has taken with Pamela?

4. As Mr. B makes his new approach to Pamela, what are the financial arrangements outlined in the articles of his proposition?

5. What relation is Lady Davers to Mr. B?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is the foundation of Pamela's virtue established and reinforced in Section 2 when questions arise about Mr. B's intentions towards her?

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

6. In Section 3 of the novel, how does Mr. B's increasing interference with Pamela reveal aspects of his character and create tension?

7. From the very beginning, Pamela's parents seem to be aware of Mr. B as a danger to Pamela's virtue. In what way does this foreshadow later events?

8. How do the circumstances of Pamela's life cause her to adopt one of the flaws in Mr. B's character?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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

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