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 has Moll heard about the gentleman she is considering marriage to?

2. Other people call Moll a handsome woman. What does she say about that?

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

4. How does Moll get away from the gypsies?

5. Where does Moll learn that men find a mistress sometimes, but very rarely look for a wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Moll know about her mother?

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

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

4. How does Moll marry for the third time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the novel as a moral lesson. As noted in the Preface, novels of Defoe's day needed to teach some sort of moral lesson. Good always triumphs over evil, and evil is always punished. Express your idea as to whether Defoe was subtly rejecting that notion with the writing of MOLL FLANDERS. Give examples from the novel to back up your opinion.

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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