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. How does Pamela respond to being let down by Mr. Williams?

2. In what century was "Pamela" written?

3. When Mr. Andrews arrives looking for Pamela, how does Mr. B explain her absence?

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

5. Upon hearing the response of the gentry toward her plight, what does Pamela ask Mr. Williams to do to help her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does his proposal in Section 7 demonstrate Mr. B's character?

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

4. From the very beginning, Pamela's parents seem to be aware of Mr. B as a danger to Pamela's virtue. In what way does this foreshadow later events?

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

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. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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