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

2. Throughout Section 5, when Pamela's movements are restricted and monitored, which character is Mr. B's chief ally?

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

4. After being confronted by Pamela, what does Robin do about his assistance to Mr. B and his scheme against Pamela?

5. What characteristic of the society is made evident in Section 3 of the novel when Mr. B terminates the employment of servants?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does Mrs. Jervis play in the beginning of the story?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is essentially a story about the theme of resisting the advances of a wealthy master. Explain the characteristics of the society in which the novel is set, makes this story line a viable one and comment on whether it would be equally viable in the modern world.

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

Using specific examples, discuss the author's treatment of the theme "use and abuse of status, wealth and power" in the novel.

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