Moll Flanders Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the gentleman at Bath give Moll?

2. What does Moll receive at the second home where she is kept?

3. What does the narrator say is the value of hard work as a convict?

4. What does Moll finally find?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the gentleman react when he learns of Moll's pregnancy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is Moll's experience with her second husband?

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

10. What solution do Moll and her husband-brother come up with to resolve the situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages expressing your opinion about the importance of MOLL FLANDERS as an example of 18th century fiction and whether it had an effect on later writers. Is there a departure from the norm with this novel that led eventually to books by writers such as Henry James? Discuss whether earlier works of fiction have an influence over works that follow in later years.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages the disparity between the rich and the poor in 18th century England and the colonies. Discuss to what extent that disparity is directly related to feudalism and how it affected the history of the British colonies in America.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on how well you think the characters are drawn in MOLL FLANDERS. In your analysis, mention whether you know how they looked, what kind of clothes they wore, how they thought and talked, and whether you picture them as real characters.

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