Pamela, or, Virtue Rewarded Test | Final 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. When Pamela becomes aware of this source of opposition to her marriage, why is she very worried?

2. As Mr. B and Pamela become increasingly open in their discussions of their future, what does Mr. B reveal to Pamela about the sham marriage of which she read accidentally?

3. After Lady Davers makes her revelation and Mr. B storms out in anger, what appeal does Lady Davers make to Pamela?

4. How does Pamela react after she overhears the conversation between Mrs. Jewkes and Mr. B?

5. What concern has brought Pamela's father to visit in Section 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the tensions ease between Pamela and Mr. B. in Section 9, what lingering concern does he express to Pamela about a past involvement of hers?

2. How does the author treat the actual wedding of Pamela and Mr. B and with what possible effects?

3. In Section 10, how is Mr. Williams returned to the story?

4. In Section 9, what is revealed about the complications in the changing relationship between Mr. B and Pamela?

5. In Section 10, what is the response of the gentry to Pamela after news of her imminent marriage becomes known?

6. In Section 14 as Pamela and Lady Davers become closer, what information does the older woman seek about Pamela's past?

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. As the newly married couple settle down in Bedforshire, how does the author demonstrate Pamela's adjustment to her new way of life?

9. After being abused by Lady Davers, what happens when Pamela eventually arrives at Sir Simon's to meet Mr. B?

10. How do the gentry continue to show support for the marriage between Mr. B and Pamela? How does their behavior contrast with that of Lady Davers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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

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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