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 Section 3, of what does Mr. B accuse Pamela when he sees her dressed up at the dinner party?

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

3. Having agreed to Pamela's departure from Bedfordshire, what condition does Mr. B impose?

4. As Section 3 begins, what is the reaction of Mr. B's dinner party guests to the rumors about Pamela?

5. Faced with the realization that she is worried about Mr. B's condition, what concern does Pamela have about her response?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of Mr. B presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on the impact of his behavior on the reader at different stages of the plot.

Essay Topic 2

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including "Pamela" in the Literature syllabus for high school students?

Essay Topic 3

Select an incident that you consider important to the reader's appreciation of any aspect of "Pamela". Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected incident to action, suspense, tension, and conflict or its resolution in the story.

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