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 Moll, called Mrs. Betty, do better than the daughters of the new family?

2. What does Moll say that women of her time had lost?

3. What does the narrator say results from any wicked action in the book?

4. How does Moll say she and the older brother behaved in the house of an acquaintance when they were alone?

5. What does the younger brother retort to his sister's talk about money?

Short Essay Questions

1. What apology does the editor make about the content of the book?

2. To Moll's chagrin, what does the older brother insist that she do?

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

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

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

6. How does Moll become closely involved with a wealthy man in Bath?

7. What does Moll know about her mother?

8. Listening to her mother-in-law, what does Moll suddenly realize?

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

10. What happens to Moll after her husband dies?

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 the position of women in 18th century England and in the colonies. Define the limitations placed on women, their responsibility regarding having children, their lack of rights when a marriage or relationship breaks up, the kind of labor they are limited to doing and the pay scale they are offered.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the slavery of British criminals in the American colonies. Note any differences between those people transported from England and the black slaves who were bought like cattle. Point out how the British criminals could eventually buy their way out of servitude. Use Moll and James as examples of transported criminals able to start a new life in the colonies.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages detailing three major types of transportation in the novel--horseback, the carriage, and boats and ships. Express your opinion on how such limited means of transportation affected 18th century life. Point out the hardships involved with each type of transportation. Discuss how means of transportation began to evolve in the 19th century because of a need for better ways of getting around.

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