Samuel Richardson: Biography, Pamela and the Epistolary Novel


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Before Samuel Richardson started writing Pamela, what kind of work was it intended to be?

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1. Why is Pamela considered to be an epistolary novel?

2. What profession did Samuel Richardson take up before becoming a novelist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet combo will show your knowledge of the English author Samuel Richardson and his most famous works, such as Pamela. To do well on the quiz, you'll also need to know about this man's prior profession.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • What kind of book Pamela was supposed to be
  • The form taken in Pamela
  • Richardson's profession prior to becoming a novelist

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Richardson's life
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about his writing career
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding his success with Pamela

Additional Learning

To understand more about the novels Richardson created, review the lesson called Samuel Richardson: Biography, Pamela and the Epistolary Novel. This lesson will look at the following objectives:

  • Reveals some details of Richardson's childhood in England
  • Explains his love of helping his community write letters
  • Covers his career as a printer
  • Explores his most successful books such as Pamela, Clarissa, and The History of a Young Lady