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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. How does Mr. B try to get rid of Pamela after the dinner party?

2. What does Mr. B first offer Pamela in fulfillment of his mother's wishes?

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

4. What does Pamela learn through a letter from Mr. Williams about the gentry and their attitude toward her situation?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What is the significance of the dinner party about which Pamela writes her parents?

4. In Section 14 as Pamela and Lady Davers become closer, what information does the older woman seek about Pamela's past?

5. In Section 10, how is Mr. Williams returned to the story?

6. In Section 10, what is the response of the gentry to Pamela after news of her imminent marriage becomes known?

7. Describe the incident in Section 15 when Mr. B and Pamela undertake a journey to an establishment a few miles from Bedfordshire.

8. While the wedding and its aftermath bring happiness to Mr. B and Pamela, what issue develops in Section 11 that will create conflict for them?

9. As the newly married couple settle down in Bedforshire, how does the author demonstrate Pamela's adjustment to her new way of life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

In referring to the potential impact of Pamela on readers, Richardson asserts "Let the desponding heart be comforted by the happy issue which the troubles and trials of PAMELA met with, when they see, in her case, that no danger nor distress, however inevitable, or deep to their apprehensions, can be out of the power of Providence to obviate or relieve." With special reference to this statement and using detailed references to the text, write a critical analysis of the purposes served by Pamela's trials in the novel.

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