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. What event occurs at the home of Pamela and Mr. B on the morning after the confrontation between Lady Davers and Pamela?

2. While entertaining his guests who show support for him and Pamela, how does Mr. B show his willingness to accept responsibility for his past wrongs?

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

4. When it is confirmed for Lady Davers that Mr. B and Pamela are truly married, Lady Davers reacts negatively. What does this reaction to the news reflect about some aspects of the society in which the novel is set?

5. As Mr B. and Pamela settle down into marriage and Mr. B makes various business arrangements, what news does Mr. B give Pamela that makes her exceptionally happy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After Mr. B recovers from his fever, how does he deal with Pamela's return?

4. In Section 8, how do the events involving news of a sham marriage and Pamela's departure from Lincolnshire lead to changes in the emotions of both Mr. B and Pamela?

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

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

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

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

9. In Section 14, following their departure from the gentry in Lincolnshire, what events follow the return of Pamela and Mr. B to the estate in Bedfordshire?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the view that "Pamela" is a vehicle through which Samuel Richardson promotes the idea of virtue and the dangers of exposing innocent young women to worldly men.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Mr. B and Pamela and comment on the role played by this relationship in the novel.

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