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 younger brother protest about with his sister?

2. What does Moll say marriages are the consequences of in the country?

3. How old is Moll when she is taken in by a kind woman?

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

5. How does the captain's lady help repay Moll for her services?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Moll know about her mother?

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

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

4. How does Moll marry for the third time?

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

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

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

8. Under what condition does Moll arrive back in England.

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

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

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 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 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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