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. While becoming more restricted by Mrs. Jewkes at Lincolnshire, how does Pamela try to get help?

2. According to Pamela's father, how important is it for Pamela to maintain her virtue?

3. At the end of Section 5, in an effort to save her virtue, what does Pamela write Mr. B about?

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

5. As Pamela is supposedly on her way home from Mr. B's estate with the coachman, where does Mr. B arrange for them to make the first stop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the early indications that Mr. B is making inappropriate approaches to Pamela?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of love plays an important part in "Pamela" but there are many types of love. Using specific examples, discuss the author's portrayal of filial, romantic, familial, and pretended love in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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