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Clarissa

Samuel Richardson

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1. How is Lovelace first introduced to the Harlowe family?

2. When did the tension between James and Lovelace begin?

3. Why is Arabella jealous of Clarissa?

4. What reason does Clarissa give for refusing to marry Solmes?

5. In the first part of the book, what does Clarissa think of Lovelace?

6. What is Lovelace’s ideal outcome of his relationship with Clarissa?

7. What is most important to Clarissa after she leaves her parents’ house?

8. Why does Clarissa refuse to marry Lovelace after he rapes her?

9. What does Clarissa die of?

10. Whom does Clarissa pick to execute her will?

11. Which of the following is a real person?

12. What flower does Clarissa pick to decorate her coffin?

13. Where does Lovelace die?

14. What does Lovelace die of?

15. Which of the following does Lovelace not seduce or rape?

16. What part of Mr. Harlowe’s curse most frightens Clarissa?

17. What does Uncle Antony mean when he calls himself “none of your Lovelaces”?

18. How does Lovelace make Clarissa happy during her imprisonment?

19. What promise to Lovelace does Clarissa break?

20. Which is the shortest letter in the novel?

21. What role does Mrs. Sinclair play in Clarissa’s rape?

22. Why does Anna mock Hickman?

23. Who ends up inheriting Lord M.’s estate?

24. Which of these women from Lovelace’s past eventually dies during childbirth?

25. Clarissa is often compared to which of the following?

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