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 narrator say is the value of hard work as a convict?

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

3. What do the ladies of the town do for Moll?

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

5. What is the assumption left up to the reader in the Preface?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the novel begin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. After some repentance for their sleeping together, what do Moll and the gentleman 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 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages expressing your opinion about the importance of MOLL FLANDERS as an example of 18th century fiction and whether it had an effect on later writers. Is there a departure from the norm with this novel that led eventually to books by writers such as Henry James? Discuss whether earlier works of fiction have an influence over works that follow in later years.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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