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 a rare outburst, what name does Pamela call Mr. B's ally in making her life difficult?

2. After Mr. Williams is involved in an incident and is visited by Mrs. Jewkes, how does he let Pamela down?

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

4. 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?

5. What does Mr. B first offer Pamela in fulfillment of his mother's wishes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. In Section 6, how does Pamela reveal that she has conflicting emotions about Mr. B?

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

6. What character traits of Mrs. Jewkes are revealed in Section 5 as she acts as Mr. B's ally?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using specific examples, discuss the author's treatment of the theme "use and abuse of status, wealth and power" in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes in "Pamela" is the impact of prejudice and preconceived notions on the reactions of various individuals and groups. Discuss in detail the instances in which prejudice and preconceived notions are revealed in the story and comment on the extent to which they represent problems in real-life situations.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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