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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 event results in Pamela's first letter to her parents?

2. According to Pamela's father, how important is it for Pamela to maintain her virtue?

3. When Mr. Andrews arrives looking for Pamela, how does Mr. B explain her absence?

4. In Section 4, when Pamela hears of the possibility of Mr. B visiting Lincolnshire, how does she try to end the problems between her and Mr. B?

5. In her desperation to escape from Lincolnshire, Pamela contemplates suicide but she later decides against it; why?

Short Essay Questions

1. What incident occurs in Section 12 that fulfills the reader's expectation of trouble from Lady Davers?

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

3. What is the significance of the author's decision to return Pamela to Bedfordshire for the end of the story?

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

5. Although the anger between Mr. B and his sister has subsided and everything appears to be fine, what lingering concern does Pamela have as a consequence of Lady Davers' outburst?

6. How is irony demonstrated in Mrs. Jewkes reaction to the news that Pamela will soon be her mistress?

7. When Lady Davers abuses Pamela and the quarrel between Lady Davers and Mr. B escalates, what is the final offense committed by Lady Davers and to what does it lead?

8. What incidents follow Pamela's loss of help from Mr. Williams?

9. How does the conflict between Mr. B and Lady Davers escalate at the beginning of Section 13?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Using specific examples, discuss the author's treatment of the theme "use and abuse of status, wealth and power" in the novel.

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