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

2. Which of the following words best describe the attitude reflected in Mr. B's proposition and in the articles that he presents to Pamela?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. As Pamela leaves for Lincolnshire what part do letters play in advancing the plot?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Comment on the importance in a novel of the narrative devices chosen by the writer and discuss with reference to this novel, the strengths and limitations of the epistolary device.

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