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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 her desperation to escape from Lincolnshire, Pamela contemplates suicide but she later decides against it; why?
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. What relation is Lady Davers to Mr. B?
4. In Section 6, after the news of Mr. B's planned visit to Lincolnshire, Mrs. Jewkes frightens Pamela with information about a new scheme that Mr. B is supposedly planning. What is this scheme?
5. What reference to marriage does Mr. B include in the articles that he sets out in his proposition to Pamela?
Short Essay Questions
1. As Pamela leaves for Lincolnshire what part do letters play in advancing the plot?
2. How do the circumstances of Pamela's life cause her to adopt one of the flaws in Mr. B's character?
3. What are the early indications that Mr. B is making inappropriate approaches to Pamela?
4. Describe the incident in Section 15 when Mr. B and Pamela undertake a journey to an establishment a few miles from Bedfordshire.
5. What is achieved by the author causing Lady Davers to oppose the relationship between Pamela and Mr. B when she visits them in Lincolnshire.
6. On the night and day following her wedding, how does Pamela feel about the events that occur?
7. After Lady Davers reveals the important facts about Mr. B's past and Mr. B orders the chariot and leaves, What events cause a turn in the hostility between the siblings?
8. In Section 10, how is Mr. Williams returned to the story?
9. After being abused by Lady Davers, what happens when Pamela eventually arrives at Sir Simon's to meet Mr. B?
10. How does the tension between Mr B and Pamela escalate as Section 4 of the novel is completed?
Essay Topic 1
What are the advantages and disadvantages of including "Pamela" in the Literature syllabus for high school students?
Essay Topic 2
Comment on the importance in a novel of the narrative devices chosen by the writer and discuss with reference to this novel, the strengths and limitations of the epistolary device.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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