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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. Why does Mrs. Mayoress come to the school?
(a) to order a new dress.
(b) to have some garments mended.
(c) to find a new slave.
(d) to look for the little gentlewoman.

2. What does Moll say marriages are the consequences of in the country?
(a) pregnancies.
(b) religion.
(c) politics.
(d) shotguns.

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

4. What alteration does the narrator say has been made to the story?
(a) more modest words.
(b) more stress on the law.
(c) more historical references.
(d) more graphic detail.

5. What can Moll not consider doing?
(a) marry for money.
(b) marry a man she does not love.
(c) running away from both brothers.
(d) marry one brother and be the mistress of the other.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Mayoress say Moll may become a gentlewoman for all they know?

2. What happens with the younger brother?

3. What does Moll help the young woman next door do?

4. What is Moll looking for after the death of her first husband?

5. What happens to the gentleman at Bath?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Moll's life like at first in Virginia?

3. How does the novel begin?

4. After some repentance for their sleeping together, what do Moll and the gentleman do?

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

6. How does Moll protest the older brother's suggestion?

7. What happens when Moll is only 14-years-old?

8. What does Moll learn about the Men who visit Bath during the summer season?

9. How does the editor compare the novel to dramatic plays of the day?

10. What are the stories her mother-in-law tells that eventually reveal she was herself transported from Newgate prison to America?

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