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

2. As Pamela is supposedly on her way home from Mr. B's estate with the coachman, where does Mr. B arrange for them to make the first stop?

3. At the beginning of Section 2, when Mr. B wants to give Pamela the gift of clothes, how does he try to gain her trust?

4. In Section 3, of what does Mr. B accuse Pamela when he sees her dressed up at the dinner party?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes in "Pamela" is the impact of prejudice and preconceived notions on the reactions of various individuals and groups. Discuss in detail the instances in which prejudice and preconceived notions are revealed in the story and comment on the extent to which they represent problems in real-life situations.

Essay Topic 2

It is reasonable to assume that the author thought carefully about the alternative title "Or Virtue Rewarded". Compare and contrast the relative merits and demerits of the titles "Pamela" and "Virtue Rewarded"

Essay Topic 3

Identify incidents in which Samuel Richardson makes use of disguise, surprise and accidental discoveries as devices to advance the plot. Discuss their effects on the development of the story.

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