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. When Mr. B arrives at Lincolnshire and ignores Pamela, what does Pamela worry about?

2. When given the opportunity to apologize for her insolence and continue working, what does Mrs. Jervis do?

3. What reason does Mr. B give for agreeing to let Pamela go home after this incident?

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

5. In whom does Pamela confide about the incident with Mr. B?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are the early indications that Mr. B is making inappropriate approaches to Pamela?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

The novel is essentially a story about the theme of resisting the advances of a wealthy master. Explain the characteristics of the society in which the novel is set, makes this story line a viable one and comment on whether it would be equally viable in the modern world.

Essay Topic 3

In adapting plays and novels for screen, producers and directors often make significant changes to the themes, characters and plot lines of the original. Having studied this novel in detail, evaluate the assertion that the themes, characters and plot lines of "Pamela" would have to be significantly modified to be a successful production for modern screen.

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