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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator say results from any wicked action in the book?
(a) a lesson for the readers.
(b) a means to get away.
(c) an unhappy end.
(d) an argument for clean living.

2. Why does Moll go to the aid of the young woman next door to her?
(a) her beau had left her bacause he had many others.
(b) her beau had left her when she gave him no money.
(c) her beau left her because she checked up on his character.
(d) her beau had left her after she became pregnant.

3. What does the narrator say about the final scene in the story?
(a) it is still an unfinished work.
(b) it is not written by Moll herself.
(c) it is Moll's best writing.
(d) it makes the reader shed tears.

4. What does the narrator hope the reader will be more pleased with?
(a) the salaciousness of the story.
(b) the excitement of the story.
(c) the truth of the story.
(d) the moral of the story.

5. What spared Moll's mother's life when she was condemned to die?
(a) she became the mistress of the warden.
(b) she escaped and fled to virginia.
(c) she turned state's evidence.
(d) she was pregnant with Moll.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when Betty Flanders goes to live with another widow?

2. How does the landlady get the gentleman to offer money to Moll?

3. What type of instruction does the narrator say is included in the story?

4. What does Moll finally find?

5. How does the landlady help out when Moll becomes pregnant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the editor claim about Moll's new life in the American colonies?

2. How does Moll escape capture when a former partner in crime gets caught by the police?

3. As a child what does Moll want that amuses the Mayor's wife and her Nurse?

4. What kind of reputation does Moll earn from the underground, criminal community?

5. What is Defoe's stated purpose in presenting this book?

6. Why is Moll so popular up north?

7. How is Moll finally caught red handed?

8. As the story opens, why does the writer not reveal her real name?

9. In Newgate, who is the leader of a rebel gang brought in for trial?

10. What is the final payoff and the conditions to Moll to release the gentleman to whom she had been mistress?

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