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. After the dinner party when Mr. B disguises himself, what is Mr. B's response to Mrs. Jervis?

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

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

4. After Pamela's failed attempt at escaping, what news of Mr. B causes her to worry about him?

5. What does Mr. B communicate to the farmer about Pamela?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Pamela deal with the approaches made by Mr B and what is the result?

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. In Section 5, what role does Mr. Williams play in regard to Pamela's situation at Lincolnshire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of conflict and conflict resolution in "Pamela".

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In referring to the potential impact of Pamela on readers, Richardson asserts "Let the desponding heart be comforted by the happy issue which the troubles and trials of PAMELA met with, when they see, in her case, that no danger nor distress, however inevitable, or deep to their apprehensions, can be out of the power of Providence to obviate or relieve." With special reference to this statement and using detailed references to the text, write a critical analysis of the purposes served by Pamela's trials in the novel.

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