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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. By the end of Section 1, it is evident that the author is making use of the epistolary style of writing. To what does this refer?

2. How does Mr. B try to get rid of Pamela after the dinner party?

3. How does Pamela react to the attempts of the ladies to see her at the dinner party?

4. What aspect of Mr. B's character is displayed when he contacts the farmer to explain why Mr. B has sent Pamela there?

5. In what century was "Pamela" written?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What other warnings do Pamela's parents give her at the beginning of the novel?

3. After Mr. B's attempts to have his way with Pamela in Section 7, what changes does Mr. B make in the guidelines affecting Pamela's activities?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

9. What role does Mrs. Jewkes play in Section 4 of the novel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Mr. B and Pamela and comment on the role played by this relationship in the novel.

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