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. What is the response of Pamela's parents to her first letter?

2. In Section 3 of the novel when Mr. B agrees to let Pamela go home, what is Pamela's attitude toward Mr. B?

3. What attitude does Mr. B show towards Pamela's virtue in Section 3 as she prepares to go home?

4. What is Mr. B's first response to seeing Pamela writing to her parents?

5. At the beginning of Section 6, what tragedy befalls Mr. Williams?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Pamela rejects Mr. B's proposal for her to become his mistress, to what lengths does he go to have his way with her?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. In the preface to the novel, reference is made to the comment by the editor of "Pamela" that the book will become the standard for this style of writing. To what style of writing does the novel belong?

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

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

Mr. and Mrs. Andrews are towering figures in the life of Pamela and they establish the power of simplicity, virtue and commitment in a complex and frightening world. Discuss the evidence provided by the author of the complex and frightening world in which Pamela finds herself and comment on the role of her parents in establishing that honor and virtue are powerful means of survival in such a world.

Essay Topic 2

An important aspect of the novel's impact lies in the ability of the author to portray character effectively. Justifying your answer with reference to specific examples, discuss the methods used by the author to portray two major and two minor characters in the story.

Essay Topic 3

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"

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