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. How do Pamela and Lady Davers try to deal with Mr. B's rage?

2. How does Lady Davers attempt to spoil the relationship between Pamela and Mr. B after she learns of the marriage?

3. What is Pamela's state of mind at the end of the section in which she marries Mr. B and he displays his love and generosity?

4. As Pamela returns to Bedfordhshire and assumes her new way of life, what aspects of her character are revealed?

5. When Pamela visits Lady Davers, what request does Lady Davers make of Pamela in order to discover more about her experiences?

Short Essay Questions

1. While the wedding and its aftermath bring happiness to Mr. B and Pamela, what issue develops in Section 11 that will create conflict for them?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. In Section 8, what unexpected event leads Pamela to further fear and mistrust Mr. B?

6. What events follow the reading of Pamela's papers by Mr. B?

7. On the night and day following her wedding, how does Pamela feel about the events that occur?

8. What incident occurs in Section 12 that fulfills the reader's expectation of trouble from Lady Davers?

9. 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?

10. In Section 8, how do letters and Pamela's notes play a significant role in the story?

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

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 3

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.

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