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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. What event results in Pamela's first letter to her parents?
2. According to Pamela's father, how important is it for Pamela to maintain her virtue?
3. When Mr. Andrews arrives looking for Pamela, how does Mr. B explain her absence?
4. In Section 4, when Pamela hears of the possibility of Mr. B visiting Lincolnshire, how does she try to end the problems between her and Mr. B?
5. In her desperation to escape from Lincolnshire, Pamela contemplates suicide but she later decides against it; why?
Short Essay Questions
1. What incident occurs in Section 12 that fulfills the reader's expectation of trouble from Lady Davers?
2. In Section 10, what is the response of the gentry to Pamela after news of her imminent marriage becomes known?
3. What is the significance of the author's decision to return Pamela to Bedfordshire for the end of the story?
4. What role does Mrs. Jervis play in the beginning of the story?
5. Although the anger between Mr. B and his sister has subsided and everything appears to be fine, what lingering concern does Pamela have as a consequence of Lady Davers' outburst?
6. How is irony demonstrated in Mrs. Jewkes reaction to the news that Pamela will soon be her mistress?
7. When Lady Davers abuses Pamela and the quarrel between Lady Davers and Mr. B escalates, what is the final offense committed by Lady Davers and to what does it lead?
8. What incidents follow Pamela's loss of help from Mr. Williams?
9. How does the conflict between Mr. B and Lady Davers escalate at the beginning of Section 13?
10. In Section 6, how does Pamela reveal that she has conflicting emotions about Mr. B?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Outline the characteristics of "the novel of manners" and discuss the evidence that "Pamela" deserves this classification.
Essay Topic 3
Mr. and Mrs. Andrews are towering figures in the life of Pamela and they establish the power of simplicity, virtue and commitment in a complex and frightening world. Discuss the evidence provided by the author of the complex and frightening world in which Pamela finds herself and comment on the role of her parents in establishing that honor and virtue are powerful means of survival in such a world.
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