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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 7 when Mr. B makes his surprising new approach to Pamela, how many articles does Mr. B outline to her?

2. By the end of Section 1, Pamela is established as the main character pursuing a goal and Mr. B as the character who is presenting obstacles to her accomplishing her goal. Which of the following pair of words best describes these two roles?

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

4. How does Mr. B react to Pamela after she responds to his proposition and the articles he proposed in it?

5. After Mr. B ignores Pamela for some time during his visit to Lincolnshire, what surprising turn of events occurs?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In the preface to the novel, reference is made to the comment by the editor of "Pamela" that the book will become the standard for this style of writing. To what style of writing does the novel belong?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the view that "Pamela" is a vehicle through which Samuel Richardson promotes the idea of virtue and the dangers of exposing innocent young women to worldly men.

Essay Topic 3

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"

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