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 does Pamela feel towards Mr. B in Section 8 after overhearing Mrs. B and Mrs. Jewkes' conversation?

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. Following the tea at Sir Simon's what happens when Mr. B and Pamela return home?

4. In what way does the letter delivered from Mr. B to Pamela at the inn lay the foundation for the climax of the story?

5. Which of the following phrases best reflects the theme of the section of the novel in which Mr. B and Lady Davers have their confrontation and then overcome their disagreement?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is irony demonstrated in Mrs. Jewkes reaction to the news that Pamela will soon be her mistress?

2. What does Pamela's attitude to Lady Davers' behavior reveal about her character?

3. What is achieved by the author causing Lady Davers to oppose the relationship between Pamela and Mr. B when she visits them in Lincolnshire.

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

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

6. How does the conflict between Mr. B and Lady Davers escalate at the beginning of Section 13?

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

8. What is the significance of the author's decision to return Pamela to Bedfordshire for the end of 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 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

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"

Essay Topic 2

Identify incidents in which Samuel Richardson makes use of disguise, surprise and accidental discoveries as devices to advance the plot. Discuss their effects on the development of the story.

Essay Topic 3

Outline the characteristics of "the novel of manners" and discuss the evidence that "Pamela" deserves this classification.

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