Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded - Summary & Overview


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What is an epistolary novel?

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1. Pamela is touted as a 'virtuous' character. After all, the title of the novel includes the phrase 'Virtue Rewarded.' But what exactly does 'virtue' mean in this novel?

2. Why won't Lady Davers accept Pamela into her family? Why does she disapprove of Pamela's marriage to Mr. B?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Samuel Richardson's epistolary novel Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded illustrates the virtues and trials of romance in the eighteenth century. Complete this brief assessment to test your understanding of the epistolary novel and how it communicates its themes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As you complete this assessment you will answer questions about:

  • Epistolary novels
  • Virtues
  • Why Lady Davers won't accept Pamela
  • Characters of Sally Godfrey and Mrs. Jervis

Skills Practiced

Use this assessment to test your skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as epistolary novels and virtue
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characters of the story and their roles

Additional Learning

The lesson Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded - Summary & Overview will help you prepare for this assessment and study:

  • The setting of the story
  • Proper conduct of the time
  • Social changes related to the story
  • The plot of the story