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 want to become?

2. Knowing she cannot be the gentleman's wife, what does Moll do?

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

4. How does Moll compare herself to the gentleman at Bath?

5. What does Moll persuade the mistress to allow her to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the complication that arises in the new family where Moll lives?

2. What happens to Moll's heart when the older brother takes an interest in her?

3. How does Moll marry for the third time?

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

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

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

7. What is the purpose of the preface to Moll Flanders?

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

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

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

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 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the subject of penitence. Point out what real penitence is. Discuss how Moll's penitence looks less like sorrow for her sins and more like sorrow that she was caught. Contrast her with the governess who seems to be genuinely sorry for her past life at the end of the novel.

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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