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 sister tell her brother now recommends a woman to a gentleman?

2. After the gentleman lover nearly dies, what happens to him?

3. How does Moll propose to make her own living?

4. After her son is born, where does the gentleman arrange apartments for Moll?

5. What does the younger brother want to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Moll put off the younger brother's proposal of marriage?

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

7. What excuse does the older brother give for not marrying Moll right away?

8. What does Moll know about her mother?

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

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

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 comparing MOLL FLANDERS to the novel, TOM JONES by Henry fielding. There is no need to read the entire novel. Simply point out similarities in characters, behaviors, use of language, point of view of the authors, and attempts to portray the stories as real histories.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on Why I Would Not Like to Live in 18th Century England. Include in your essay the odds against being born into wealth or nobility, the modern conveniences that were not even dreamed of in that time, and the injustices against women and children.

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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